Last time we outlined self-awareness and how this can impact us. This is the third blog in a series of four.

Continuing our education on mental health, we delve into the 4 key areas that can impact us:

• Digital Detox

• Self awareness

• Confidence & CPD

• Well being

Why do you need to be confident with your professional development?

Allowing the progress you’ve made through personal development to give you the self-confidence required to become more self-aware, more innovative and creative is the final step in letting CPD help you to better yourself both professionally and personally.

Sometimes in life we tend to overthink certain situations; some more than others. That niggling self-doubt leads to imagining the worst-case scenario in situations that are challenging and often prevents you from taking that one step further. At any stage of our life, your confidence will always get knocked in some way or another, whether it be through ill health, work changes, personal circumstances changing or rejection.  Awareness of our CPD, knowing what our needs are and planning and achieving our development, can help us bounce back from a lack of confidence and treat mistakes that have been made as an inspirational learning curve instead of a downfall. 

As Thomas A Edison said, “I have not failed, I’ve just found that failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”

Not allowing your shortfalls to overwhelm you is the key to success in any project you undertake. There is not one person on this planet that hasn’t made a mistake and dwelling on them is not productive so therefore accepting, reflecting and moving on is the best practice to take in order to progress. This can take time, so small, regular changes in attitude and routine will motivate you to achieve.

Are you lacking self-confidence?

Check out our 5 tips on how you can boost yours:

Get Out Of Your Head

In an unfamiliar situation, your head is bound to be full of negative thoughts as fear of the unknown. Try to shake them off by accepting the worst that can happen and thinking positive and you’re more than likely going to do well. Think yourself to success not failure.

Be Prepared

There’s a saying that goes:  “Fail to Prepare Prepare to Fail”  Is this you?

You wouldn’t go into a test without studying, so why are you doing it in life?

There are always opportunities for you to improve so take them by both hands. Preparation assists confidence in your abilities.  So think of life as an test and get organised!

Say Yes

You’re never going to progress or gain confidence if you’re stuck in the same old routine.  Saying yes to things that you wouldn’t usually will bring you out of your comfort zone.  Thinking about if you are in the comfort zone, where we are not inspired and possibly plodding, or stretch zone, where we are more challenged and capable of boosting our confidence  or the panic zone, which is usually where we are uncomfortable and over stretched, for example doing a presentation and if we are in this zone for too long it is not healthy and can cause us stress and anxiety.  If we can be more in the stretch zone as this is what motivates and challenges us and where we learn the most.  So if you are in the comfort zone, why not take a step outside of your comfort zone and experience something new. Aim to be in the stretch zone to alleviate stress and keep learning.  Say yes to more opportunities that come your way and gain a larger skill set that will help you feel more confident in related situations.  Volunteering is a rewarding opportunity to come out of your comfort zone without added pressure, which also builds confidence and is rewarding.

So why not leap into a new experience by volunteering and give it a try, here’s the link:

Work Backwards

It’s easier to have confidence in yourself when you know where you’re going. Cornelius Fichtner said “planning without action is futile; action without planning is fatal”. So why don’t you have a plan yet?  Start with the end in mind and work from there. Everything you do should lead to that goal to make sure you achieve it.

Believe in yourself

A positive mental attitude about being confident, will make you feel more confident. Our posture and facial expression are the first impressions we give. So remember your posture, stand tall, with your shoulders back and your head held high. Give good eye contact and remember to smile. You will give a positive and confident first impression therefore making you more secure to take on your day.

Having everything in one place in a clear and organised way helps alleviate stress. Our brains don’t retain everything, so let the hub do it for you. Early research has found that working memory is a more active version of short term memory and has been found to store up to 7 items the amount of information. (Live Science, 2008). Remembering every piece of professional development and progression that you have undertaken is an impossible task due to the amount of relevant information learnt in classes, workshops and everyday life and our brains can not retain this information. Understand the way you think and how you can manage the negative aspects of this digital world.  Having done your digital detox, being more self-awareness, continue to control social media and technology, so that you can both enjoy and benefit from it.

What Leap Like A Salmon offers you

The Leap Like A Salmon CPD Hub engages, encourages and motivates you to capture and manage your continuing professional development.

You have free access to our ‘Essential Membership’ it only takes seconds to complete, please click the link to get started:

Watch out for the fourth and final instalment of this series ‘How to take control of your wellbeing’ where we will be addressing some techniques for mindfulness, also identifying how capturing and managing your professional development can help improve your mental wellbeing.

Thanks for reading. Please do let us know what you think by leaving a comment, or if you have a question, please do contact us.

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