We are usually our own harshest critic. Self-doubt, not thinking I’m cut out or not capable are all things that often run through my head. The number of times I’ve taken on projects or ran into issues where I felt completely in over my head are far too many to count.
Most of us evaluate ourselves and our “worth” almost every day. Low self-confidence (paired with anxiety) can take you down a hole of negativity really fast.
I go through bouts of imposter syndrome, as I’m sure a lot of people do, where we doubt our accomplishments and have a fear of being exposed as a “fraud.” It’s an overpowering feeling that tends to linger if you don’t take care of it—and you have to take care of it because it’s not doing you any good.
I think having a good level of self-confidence shows in the way you carry yourself and speak. It does a lot when your marketing your business in person—or even over the phone. It also helps you understand your “worth” when pricing services and feel confident asking for and sticking to your pricing structure.
Building and maintaining your self-confidence is a never-ending journey. Here are a few things I do to maintain a high level of self-confidence in my freelance business:
Celebrate accomplishments: I celebrate even the smallest of accomplishments, such as tackling a larger than average to-do list or bigger victories like successfully completing a project and getting a rave review from a happy client. Usually, I celebrate by taking some time to myself, treating me and my husband to coffee or dinner out or whatever else seems enjoyable at the time.
Keep learning: Continuing to learn about your trade always offers a boost of confidence. I like to read web design articles, keep up with what’s going on in the WordPress community, take writing classes and talking with other freelancers.
Look back at goals and make new ones: I LOVE looking back at my old journals just to see how far I’ve come. It is a huge reminder when I see where I was just a few years ago and what I’ve been able to accomplish since then. Setting new goals and working towards them also helps build confidence because it’s exciting to make positive progress.
As my experience has increased and I’ve come out on the other side of many problems, my self-confidence has improved A TON. That’s not to say that doubt doesn’t take over once in a while. I have to remind myself that I do have a lot of experience and that I have many happy clients who come back time and time again.
Do you have any self-confidence building tips? Comment below =)
“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage, and confidence in the doing.”- Theodore Roosevelt
Thanks for reading,