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doubt-blackwoman-workLacking confidence on the job may be predicated by many triggers. For most people, the first couple of months on a new job brings forth some form of performance anxiety. This is in part due to worrying and wondering if the job you are doing is up to par with company standards. As most companies have instituted 90 days probationary periods, it is easy to understand why some angst may be evident while trying to stay employed. Additionally, negative co-workers and hard to please bosses may also give way to feeling as if you are not doing an above average job.

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No matter the trigger, how can employees get over the self-doubt to confidently give their all to their jobs?

Here are four tips to getting over self-doubt in the work place.

1. Stay away from the nay-sayers who do not offer constructive criticism.

There are fellow employees and supervisors who offer advice to assist in making you a more valuable contribution to the company, and then there are the negative nay-sayers who only offer criticism as a reflection of their unhappiness. Be cautious as to who you take advice from as it may affect how you view your value on the job.

2. Silence the self-doubt.

Our thoughts affect our actions, which in turn may affect our performances at work. Before the self-doubt takes extended residence in your head, silence it with positive affirmations to boost your confidence. If you are seriously doubting your work performance, schedule some time to speak with your immediate supervisor to actually gauge where you are.

3. Do your best.

Do not allow constant questioning of your work to get in the way. Decide that you are going to put your all into the project or task at hand, and give it your best. Most times when we focus on doing the best possible job we can do, the results are amazing!

4. Play to your strengths.

If you know you are better at some tasks or areas than other, speak up to work with those projects. The more positive feedback you receive from doing good work, the more confidence you will gain.

5. Compliment others.

One way to get a compliment, is to give a compliment. If your fellow work mates are doing a great job, tell them! They will in turn do the same once you rock out on a task and you will not have time or space to question if you are doing a great job because your peers will tell you.

Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates (www.jmaplesandassociates.com . She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 10 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.

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