Self-Confidence in the Workplace

A wise woman once said, “I don’t need back-ups. I’m going to Harvard.”

If you’re wondering who that self-assured, confident person is I suggest watching Legally Blonde IMMEDIATELY and begin taking notes from the classy & sassy lead character, Elle Woods. Throughout the film Elle must prove over and over that she belongs at Harvard and is fit to be a lawyer. Often you may find yourself having to constantly prove yourself at your workplace and your confidence can take a hit or two. But like Elle Woods, you are more than capable of exceeding expectations and succeeding at your job.

If you don’t have time to watch the iconic film no worries, I’ve compiled a list of self-confidence lessons I learned from watching Legally Blonde.

Dress The Part

The phrase “look good, feel good” is a cliché for a reason. Presenting yourself in a professional way is an instant confidence booster. Elle Woods is known for her love of pink and instead of ditching her personal style for bland business wear, she incorporated her own personal style into her work wardrobe. Looking like the put together professional that you are not only gives you the ability to believe in yourself but will make others believe in you as well.

Make Eye Contact

This makes you seem focused and engaged in any conversation you may be having whether it’s with your coworker or your boss. Eye contact is incredibly important in the workplace and shows people you are confident and more than worthy of being a part of any conversation.

Encourage Others

The best way to build yourself up is to also build up the people around you. Whether it was helping them pick out outfits, helping them talk to their new crush, or helping through a tough time Elle Woods was always there to support and build up her friends and peers. Honestly, something as simple as complimenting your coworker’s shoes will help them feel more confident and add a little pep to their step. Their new found confidence and positivity will be contagious.

Know Your Strengths

Capitalizing on your strengths and the things you are naturally good at is another simple way to boost your confidence. Elle Woods had extensive knowledge of the beauty industry which helped her solve a difficult murder case and save an innocent woman. So, make sure to identify your strengths as well. Have a knack for social media? Create a way to advertise your company on a new social media platform. Super good at baking? Bring homemade treats to the next meeting. The (almost) guaranteed compliments you’ll receive will be an instant confidence boost to your day.

Understand Your Weaknesses

I know what you’re thinking… “How will knowing my weaknesses HELP my confidence?” Well, for starters, there’s always room for improvement. Weaknesses shouldn’t be ignored because by improving them you will grow into a better version of yourself. Elle Woods knew people thought she was just a pretty face and her peers didn’t take her seriously but turns out what others saw as a “dumb blonde” was a pretty amazing lawyer. Everybody has weaknesses and insecurities but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn and grow from them.

Stay Organized

Use a planner. Take notes. Make a To-Do list. Color coordinate. Whatever your organizational style is make sure to utilize it. Staying organized helps you keep track of meetings, deadlines, and basically everything else you need to succeed in the workplace. Feeling more put together will make you feel a little extra confident.

Practice Positive Affirmations

Think happy, be happy. It’s amazing what positive thoughts can do for your confidence. A great tip I’ve learned over the years is to write reassuring messages (ex: “you got this” or “bring it on!”) on post-it notes and stick them on your bathroom mirror. Putting notes or goals in a spot that you will see every day is a great way to make sure you are staying on track and thinking positively.

“Fake It Till You Make It”

Perhaps one of the greatest lessons I learned from Elle Woods was to fake it till you make it. Everybody is going through something and struggling… and that’s okay! What’s not okay is to let self-doubt win and let discouragement keep you down. Elle Woods had no idea what Harvard would have in store for her but she acted cool, calm, and confident from the moment she stepped on campus. It wasn’t because she was 100% sure she could do it but rather that she had faith that she could do it. Having faith that everything will work out and faking it until then is a great way to remain sane during times of stress and will help you keep your confidence.

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