download (1)Look around you and you can easily identify a person lacking in self-confidence. You can differentiate one who carries himself confidently from the one who is timid and timorous. It shows on a person’s physical appearance. A person who stands tall and confident is most likely someone who is confident. This is in contrast to a person, who could barely hold his head up while walking because of his lack of confidence.

A healthy self-confidence is enough to push athletes, public speakers, performers, entrepreneurs, and anybody whose life involves interacting with people to perform their best. They all realize the essence of self-confidence in order for them to achieve their peak performance and help overcome impediments thrown in their way. So for people lacking self-confidence,how to have self-confidence is something they really have to work on if they want to achieve success in what they do.

It’s a very important day. Its the first day of your new job. Are you ready? Most people aren’t. They allow the job to steer them toward success–or not. But you can get an important edge by having a job plan in place.

The key to success in any job is: 1.) knowing what you want, 2.) knowing how things work, and 3.) knowing the accepted work culture.

A job plan starts with what you want. In accepting any job, you want more than just the paycheck. Take a moment to think what would make this a wonderful position. Jot down a few simple goals for this position. Keep these goals loose and flexible. A typical goal might be that this job exposes you to leadership on a team. Or maybe this job exposes you to a specific new technology. Keep an emphasis on goals that will help you succeed in the position, while preparing your for advancement.

Your second step in a job plan is to establish quickly how to learn on the job. Figure out who the team experts are, and who is possible to go to with questions. Also find out what resources are available to help you. Help desks, online resources, manuals are all available to help get you up to speed quickly. If you find you have educational needs, make sure to discuss company policies that may support outside education through seminars, college courses, or in-house instruction. Don’t neglect self-study approaches and LinkedIn group discussions.images (2)

Find out how employees in your new job communicate both with eachother and with their managers. Communication on teams is critical, but varies by company culture. Some bosses may prefer email updates, others may want communication of progress within team meetings. Reporting progress to a supervisor is an important point, study coworkers and the methods that they use to communicate need and progress toward goals. In some workplaces communication with teammembers may occur between pairs of workers, in others team meetings may be preferred.

The final step of any job plan is to consider your personal exit plan. At what point would you want to move on from this position? Do you want promotion to management? Or do you want to leave after achieving a personal goal. Having an idea of the duration of the job and what you want from it are linked needs. If you establish what you want from the job you have better odds of achieving those goals by the time you move on.

Once you have decided on the kind of job you want, you face the problem of getting from where you are now to the point where you accept the offer of a great job. If you were traveling to a place you had never been to before, you would get there most easily and most expeditiously by using a road map. In going from your present job (or unemployment) to the position of your choice, you will also use a road map. This road map is the campaign plan. The campaign plan for job hunting will guide you to logical and effective courses of action, just as other types of plans guide you in reaching objectives on the job. The campaign plan for job hunting has been designed to enable you to get the job you want in the shortest possible time.This puts you in a position to get the job offer. Your final objective is to negotiate that offer successfully Every campaign is different, reflecting different job objectives as well as different professional career goals. You must tailor your campaign to your particular situation. Your campaign plan is both a plan and an overview of the entire procedure.

imagesConfidence separates average leaders from great leaders. Leaders are expected to make tough decisions. Leaders without confidence stand on shaky ground and lose the respect of the people they are leading. People do not trust or want to follow leaders who lack confidence. On the other hand, leaders with self confidence garner the respect of the people they are leading because of their decisiveness. Are you a confident leader? Here are five traits that you can gauge this by.

Communication

Effective communication is one of the keys to being a confident leader. Confident leaders do not have to feed their egos by speaking down to those they are leading. They speak with authority and knowledge. They listen, share information and ensure that there is clarity between him/her and those who are being lead.

Making Decisions

Confident leaders do not second themselves – they make decisions based on the information on hand, their vision and their instinct. If the end result was not the desired outcome – they take responsibility for the decision and the outcome – learn from it – move on and optimistically make another decision.

Intelligent Risk Taking

Taking intelligent risks, saying what others dare not say, doing what has never been done before – is one of the signs of a confident leader. He/she will courageously take intelligent risks and forge new frontiers – creating opportunities and finding solutions. With each intelligent risk taking the confident leader becomes more and more confident.

Optimism

Optimism is the fuel that keeps great leaders focused on the goals for their vision. They know that in spite of challenges, obstacles, hurdles and so called failures, that showing optimism, backed by a specific action plan (not meaningless feel good words) is what good leadership is all about – leadership that empowers.

Say no to arrogance

Great leaders know there is a thin line between confidence and arrogance and they err on the side of confidence. In general people despise those with power and arrogance. You will fall quickly from the ranks with an attitude of arrogance.

Mental willpower is a great ally on the road to success. You have to expect success and you have to tell this to yourself several times a time day. The visualization of success stories and your goals also develops confidence in you. Do not underestimate yourself and always trust your own capabilities. Always believe that your capabilities are the power that can make you successful.