“As a business owner, you face all kinds of challenges,” says business development consultant and Entrepreneur magazine writer Terry Rice. “But a lack of confidence will reduce your chances of success faster than any real obstacle.”
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So how do you shake off impostor syndrome when you try something new? Here are three ways to boost your confidence.
1. Realize that confidence comes from past experiences, not pep talks. You don’t need motivational posters to remind yourself what you can do. Write down ten challenges you’ve already won. Keep this list handy to remind yourself of what you’ve already accomplished and why you can take on new challenges.
2. Stop worrying about other people’s opinions. Most people either support you or ignore you, so focus on getting 1% better each day.
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3. Learn to see failure as data. Think of every project, pitch, or sales call as an experiment. You test something, and if it works, great. If not, you have learned something and can improve your approach in the future.