9 Reasons to Buy a Tailored Suit Before You Think You Can Afford It

For years I didn’t buy a tailored suit. Instead I purchased suits off the rack at large department stores or men’s suit shops. And thus, for years, I wore lower quality suits that didn’t fit correctly. I knew the suits did not enhance my personal brand to be the trusted professional I desired. That was acceptable because I couldn’t afford a tailored suit…so I thought.
 
 
Then, several years ago I convinced myself to buy my first tailored suit. A representative from Tom James in St. Louis had connected with me on LinkedIn so I asked to meet with him. After meeting with him and seeing all the details that go into a well-tailored suit, I was sold.
 
It took a while for the bespoke suit to be made to my specifications. The wait is the only drawback I can think of to buying a tailored suit. When it was finished and I put it on for the first time, the feeling it gave me was incredible. 
 
It may sound a little metro sexual of me to openly talk about the feeling I got by trying on my first tailored suit. That’s okay. 
 
Ask any woman who cares about how she looks and she will tell you how important it is to feel good in what she wears. Men are no different. We just don’t talk about it as openly as women do.
 
Business professionals want to look good in their suits or business casual attire but they don’t believe in spending “that much” on tailored clothes. Following are nine reasons why you should buy a tailored suit, even though you think you can’t afford it.
 

Reason # 9 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
Quality products last a long time. Plain and simple. 
 
Remember that green steel refrigerator your parents had when you were a kid. It was in the kitchen for more than 20 years. That’s because it was built with quality materials through a quality process. It lasted for what seemed like forever.  
 
A tailored suit that is built just for you, will be the same. It will last for much longer than an off-the-rack suit that doesn’t fit. 
 
Since it will last longer, you won’t need to buy new suits as frequently. Therefore, you’ll end up spending less by buying a tailored suit.
 

Reason # 8 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
You are one of the best at your profession. That’s doesn’t mean you’re one of the best at everything you do. You may be stylish but still could use some advice.
 
A good tailor or haberdasher can be a tremendous source of advice for you. Not only will he/she make sure your tailored suit fits appropriately, he/she will keep you up on the trends and styles and what color, fabrics and types of suit should be in your wardrobe.
 
Want some free advice without going to a haberdasher? Check out Real Men Real Style for some legit advice.
 

Reason # 7 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
Buying off-the-rack suits is a huge hassle. You have to drive to the store, try on different suits to see what fits and feels good, get them measured for certain tailoring (nothing even close to bespoke tailoring though), leave and then return to pick it up when the suit is finished. That’s all assuming you don’t need to go to multiple stores to find what you want.
 
That is a lot of time you don’t need to spend. Buying a suit from a company like Tom James reduces the hassle because the haberdasher comes to you. He/she can come to your house, your office or anywhere of your choosing. 
 
When the suit is built and ready, he/she will bring it to you to try on. If there are any adjustments that need to be made, he/she will take it with them, get the corrections made and bring it back to you. You don’t ever have to step out of your home or office.
 
Now that is convenient!
 

Reason # 6 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
How many times have you gone shopping for clothes but couldn’t find exactly what you wanted? With bespoke tailoring, that problem goes away. You get what you want.
 
Of course, you’ll get the right fitting suit (which is obviously a better option that buying off the rack). But you’ll also get the following options, plus whatever else you can imagine:
 
a. Types of fabric
b. Style of print
c. Linings
d. Types of buttons
e. Pockets
f.  Name labels
g. Vent types
 

Reason # 5 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
This goes without saying, a fully tailored suit made to fit your height, weight, width, shoulder slope and every special thing about your body type is going to look better than an off-the-rack suit. 
 
Period.
 

Reason # 4 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
If a bespoke suit fits correctly and looks great, it’s going to feel good too. There’s no point in looking good if you don’t feel good about what you’re wearing. 
 
Speaking from experience, any time I put on one of my tailored suits, I feel like a million bucks. It’s just a feeling that comes over me that I’m meant to be in the suit and my day is going to go even better than planned. Everything will be right with my world that day.
 
Add a French-cuff dress shirt, stylish cuff links and tie and freshly polished Allen Edmonds shoes to top off the look. There’s not much better.
 

Reason # 3 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
People notice a sharp dressed man. Think about it … you do too. You might not desire to be made a spectacle because of how well you look, but you want certain people to notice you.
 
It’s almost impossible to overcome a negative first impression. A tailored suit (at least one in a classic style and design) can almost guarantee a good first impression.
 
Let’s say you finally got an appointment with your number one prospect. When you pick your suit and tie out the night before in anticipation of your meeting the next morning, are you going to pick the suit from when you were 20 pounds heavier or the one you had made the month before?
 
You’re going to pick the one that gives you the best opportunity to make the sale. Standing out in a good way definitely won’t hurt that effort!
 
 

Reason # 2 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
If you’re a millennial, your dedication and loyalty to your employer and career are in question on a daily basis. The generations in front of you don’t believe you take anything seriously.
 
Buying and wearing tailored suits, is a way to show your dedication. You wouldn’t spend more money than needed for a bespoke suit unless you planned on wearing it frequently.
 
Besides, your bosses and clients admiring your professional demeanor (which includes your look) can do nothing but have a positive impact on your career.
 

Reason # 1 to Buy a Tailored Suit

 
And finally…the number one reason why you should buy a tailored suit.
 
You can afford it!
 
Just because a tailored suit is more expensive than one off the rack does not mean you can’t afford it. 
 
Consider a tailored suit a major purchase. Plan and save for it like you would a beach vacation. There’s a big difference between a beach vacation and buying a tailored suit though – you only get to experience that vacation for a few days. The suit will last forever. 
 
To be frank then, you simply cannot afford to not buy a tailored suit. The benefits to your self-esteem, earnings potential, career and influence are unlimited! 
 
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8 Simple Ways to Get Noticed More Often on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an extremely powerful tool for researching people. You can search for people by title, expertise, company and name. LinkedIn will even show you people with whom you might like to connect. 
 
That’s great for you researching other people. 
 
 
Can other people find you during a search? Does LinkedIn identify you as someone that person might want to connect with? Do you or your activity show up in that person’s feed?
 
You can make getting noticed on LinkedIn much easier by taking certain deliberate actions. For the remainder of this article, you will discover eight simple ways to get noticed more often on LinkedIn.
 

How to Get Noticed on LinkedIn

 

1. Share and Comment

 
As with most social media platforms, the like (thumbs up, heart, etc.) function is overused. Sure, it’s nice to express that you like someone’s post. To get noticed, however, don’t just like a post, share and comment on it as well.
 
If you share a post, add a comment to it to express why you are sharing it. The person who originally shared/wrote the post will get notified of your share. They may get notified if you like a post as well but popular influencers turn off that function because it would be too overwhelming.
 
If you don’t want to share the post with your followers, but want to express something to the person who posted it, comment on it. Make it a worthwhile comment too. Simply writing, “Great Post,” “Terrific” or “Totally agree” is just about the same as “liking” the post. If you are going to comment, add to the content. Make your comment valuable to the other readers.
 

2. Curate Content

 
What does it mean to curate content? It means you share content from others that is posted somewhere besides LinkedIn. 
 
When you read an article on, let’s say, Inc.com, that is relevant to your followers and consistent with your personal brand, curate it. Share that article to LinkedIn and any other social media platforms that make sense.
 
The majority of content I share on my LinkedIn feed is curated from sites like Inc.com, SwitchandShift.com and LindseyPollak.com. Almost all sites have social sharing buttons on them to make it easy for you to share.
 
When you share those articles, be sure to tag the author, if possible, in the comment you add to the share. 
 
In a later article, I’ll share some easy ways to curate content.
 

3. Write Pulse Articles

 
Pulse was originally released for selected LinkedIn influencers. Now, however, everyone has the opportunity to public articles on LinkedIn’s blogging platform.
 
Once you publish the article, and tag it appropriately, you can monitor how well it performs by using the statistics within the platform. Just like blogs, people can comment and share it as well. 
 
You will, of course, want to share it multiple times to your followers.
 
If you want to publish on Pulse, you can get to it from your homepage on LinkedIn. Click the “Write an Article” button at the top of the homepage, as seen below.
 

 

4. Update Your Profile Often

 
Your profile can get outdated quickly and you won’t even realize it. Update it often so it is always up-to-date. 
 
Updating your profile often is a good strategy for getting noticed on LinkedIn. The platform has a setting that when you update your profile, your followers and connections will get notified. There are two methods for activating this setting. 
 
The first is in the Settings function. See the screen shot below
 
The second method is easier and can be seen when you are in the “Edit Profile” mode. When you are editing your profile, simply toggle the switch at the right to the “Yes” position if you want your followers to see your update.
 
 
I’ve made the mistake about leaving this setting on when making certain profile settings. You can read all about that LinkedIn snafu by clicking the following link:
 
 

5. Look at Others’ Profiles

 
One of my favorite aspects of LinkedIn is to see who looked at my profile. If it is someone I haven’t talked to in awhile or someone with whom I’d like to connect, I’ll send that person an email or a LinkedIn message.
 
If you want to get noticed by a specific person and don’t have the ability to connect with him/her, look at his/her profile. Don’t just do it once. Do it a couple of times a week for a few weeks. After that, send that person an email, an inMail or call him/her on the phone. 
 
The simple act of looking at that person’s profile will make your name recognizable. 
 

6. Continually Add Connections

 
Naturally, the more connections you make on LinkedIn, the more people will notice you – those people with whom you connect. Your followers and other connections will see when you connect with someone new, depending on their preferences for what they see in their feed.
 
Connect with more people, more people will want to connect with you and then you’ll be able to connect with even more people. 
 

7.  Participate in Groups

 
LinkedIn used to permit a user to join only 50 groups. Fifty may seem like too many to you but it really isn’t. Of the groups you join, you’ll discover several will not be worth being a member. The activity won’t be that great.
 
That doesn’t mean, however, there aren’t some very good groups to join within LinkedIn. 
 
Groups are not as valuable, or as easy get the value from, as in the past. You can still find some, though, that will help you get noticed. To get noticed in a group, you need to be active.
 
Most groups have turned into linkfests. Don’t participate in those. Be social. Comment on other members’ posts, ask questions, be human.
 

8.Use Keywords in your Profile

 
LinkedIn is a gigantic search engine. No, it’s not as big as Google or YouTube but it’s still big. Better than those other two sites, LinkedIn is specifically for business professionals. 
 
What keywords should you use in your profile? That’s simple. Use the ones that people would use to find you. 
 
Use the name in your profile that you believe people would use to search for you. Use it multiple times in your profile. If you google your name, your profile, if written well, should be one of the first search results.
 
Also use terms related to your profession, (CPA), your position (manager) and services provided (audits). 

 

Do You Have to Do All of These?

 
Of course you don’t have to do all of these every day to get noticed more often on LinkedIn. Each will help but some will only help a little. 
 
You don’t have hours to spend each day, even each week? Do you have an hour each week? Sure you do. Break that hour into 10 minutes each day and you get six days of activity.
 
Pick a few of these to do. If I did just three of these 8, I’d curate content, share and comment on articles and set my profile up with keywords. With keywords, you can do it once and leave it for a while. Then you would only have to take two actions each day. 
 
LinkedIn is a valuable resource but you have to know how to use it. Having a profile is not enough anymore. Use LinkedIn to help create your personal brand. Use it to help you show how much you can help your clients.
 
Question for you: What other ways have you found useful to get noticed on LinkedIn? If you have questions about LinkedIn, please reach out to me via the contact page.
 

The Art of Giving Credit to Others and How it Will Help Your Career

Mike is terrific at giving credit to others. Even when he does the majority of the work, he gives credit for the success of the project to the others who helped. 

He could easily take the credit for the project’s success. He deserves the credit more than anyone else. 
 
Why then, is Mike always giving credit to others? 
 
Doesn’t he want to get the credit to get promoted? He could be at the pinnacle of corporate success if he’d stop giving credit to others and let others know how good he is. Right?
 
Mike knows something most people don’t realize. 
 
 
He learned long ago that giving credit to others does not mean his career would stall. It doesn’t mean others would get promoted ahead of him. 
 
Instead, giving credit to others will make him a trusted leader for whom others will follow willingly. His subordinates (even though he doesn’t look at them as such) work harder because of his willingness to give them credit instead of taking it for himself.
 
Mike is a unique and heralded employee, leader and co-worker. He achieves success in everything he does because of his belief in and public acknowledgment of his team.
 

No Single Person Takes Credit

 
“It’s a dog eat dog world.”
 
You’ve heard that saying before and, unfortunately, it is true in most organizations. People who believe this are focused only on the results.
 
What do we teach our children? We teach them that winning doesn’t matter. It’s how they play the game.
 
Great organizations, with great leaders, embrace the importance of how the game is played, not just the results.
 
The leadership team makes sure all members of management and every employee plays by the rules and focus on what’s best for the organization. 
 
Credit for a job well done goes to the team.
 
For example, I was sitting in a meeting with executive management of a company. During the discussion, one of the C-level members in the room, who easily could have taken credit, mentioned his team members by name and gave them credit instead. 
 
Amazingly, this happened twice in the meeting; both times by the same person. Now that guy really knows what it means to lead!
 

Three Times when Giving Credit to Others is Ideal

 
It’s not hard to find opportunities for giving credit to others. You can find opportunities at home, church, work and everywhere else. Here are three specific times it will work well to give credit to others:
 
1. When in a meeting with management
 
How you talk about your team in front of your boss or with other members of management shows your true colors. If you have a big ego to feed, you’ll talk about how you led your team to accomplish the task or how you were instrumental to the timely completion of the project.
 
If you are more focused on others than yourself, you will always take the opportunities for giving credit to others and do just that.
 
Looking good to your boss is important for your career. That’s fine. Look good by making others look good too.
 
 
2. When talking with your team
 
A formal show of gratitude for someone in front of that person’s peers can provide more positive reinforcement than a monetary bonus. 
 
Telling someone “thank you” in a one-on-one situation is super. It doesn’t even compare though to a sincere “thank you” in front of peers. 
 
Saying thank you isn’t the same as giving credit though. You need to give credit.
 
Here are some phrases to use when giving credit to others:
 
We wouldn’t have finished without your help.
 
You were imperative to completing this project.
 
I could not have done as good of a job as you.
 
The next time you meet with your team, find a way to give member of your team credit for something great they did.
 
3. When writing formal appraisals
 
The formal appraisal process is mandatory in most companies today. While frequent one-on-one feedback is more important to the success of the individual, the formal appraisal or evaluation process can still be useful.
 
Big issues should be addressed verbally and when they happen. Coaching an employee on those issues should not wait for the formal process.
 
However, big praises should be provided in both contexts. The employee knows that upper management will read those formal evaluations. When your employee reads the positive comments in the evaluation, he or she will feel really good about it because they know it will be seen by those who matter.
 

Are You Good at Giving Credit to Others?

 
How often do you lump praise upon a co-worker, subordinate or your boss? Is it once a day? Once a month? Once a year?
 
There is one simple test to determine if you give credit often. You will be able to tell quickly whether you give credit, take credit or are ambivalent to who gets credit.
 
What is this simple test? Here it is. Answer the following true or false question:
 
Others want to work with me, will willingly put in extra effort when working with me and encourage others to work with me.
 
If you answered FALSE to that statement, you are not well-known for giving credit to others. 
 
Giving credit, in more than just words, builds loyalty among employees. It also needs to be consistent. Giving credit to someone publicly one time is not enough. Neither is giving credit in front of senior management and then treating someone poorly behind closed doors.
 
Legitimately giving credit to others is an art. It’s sincere, consistent and deserved. It builds others up. It lets them know they are part of a team and each person’s effort is needed.
 
When is the last time you gave credit to someone even though you deserved it?
 
Question for you:  What benefit will you observe by giving credit to others?

4 Career Lessons We Can Learn from Star Wars

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was recently released in movie theaters. It has set all sorts of box office records already and will continue selling an unprecedented amount of tickets. Because of the success of this iconic franchise, I figured there had to be some career lessons we can learn from these movies.

career lessons we can learn from Star Wars

Achieving success in your career will not come without ups and downs. Some days success will seem eminent. Other days, it will seem impossible. 

One tenet of career success is having an open mind; a willingness to learn — from any source. Any source can even mean fictional movies with make-believe characters.

Following are 4 career lessons we can learn from Star Wars:

Your Impact Can Be Great

George Lucas set the bar high when Episode IV was released in 1977. Before it’s release, the critics were not very positive about the movie. George Lucas knew, however, his movies would have a great impact on people. 

He wasn’t trying to win best picture. Instead, he wanted to impact people by entertaining them. And that is what he did.

When I was making Star Wars, I wasn’t restrained by any kind of science. I simply said, ‘I’m going to create a world that’s fun and interesting, makes sense, and seems to have a reality to it.’

For almost 40 years now, the Star Wars franchise has appealed to the masses by entertaining them.

Your impact on the world can also be great because you are great. You are an expert in something and it’s your duty to share that expertise with the world. 

Just like Star Wars, you can start small, i.e., the first movie, and start providing value. After you make a small impact with your small start, you can leverage that into having a bigger and better impact on others.

It Takes a Team to Win

Han Solo had a partner in Chewbacca. Luke Skywalker relied on R2-D2 when he crashed on Dagobah. They each had someone to rely on. 

In fact, though, it took the entire Rebel force to win. Each of the primary characters in Star Wars had special talents that supported the entire team.

The most successful people in history have learned they can’t achieve success by themselves. It takes teams of people with different talents and abilities to achieve success. 

You may like working with others who have your same mindset and tendencies because it is comfortable. If you do that for too long, you’ll realize you are getting nowhere fast because you don’t have every ability you’ll need.

It takes a team of people to make a lasting difference in the world. Isn’t that what you want to achieve through your career?

Stop Trying

When Yoda told Luke Skywalker, in The Empire Strikes Back, to raise his crashed fighter from the swamp, Luke responded with “Alright, I’ll give it a try.” Yoda, responds with my favorite movie line of all time. 

“No. Try not. Do…or do not. There is no try.”

We need to heed Yoda’s advice in everything we do. Saying we will try is limiting our abilities. Trying shows a reservation of doubt of our abilities. We need to just do. 

Take this one step further into the religious realm. Jesus, in Matthew 5:37 tells his listeners to answer simply with a “Yes” or “No.” Any other answer than that, He says, comes from the evil one.

In your career, believe you have great abilities and you will accomplish great things. When someone asks you to do something, say “Yes” or “No,” instead of “I’ll try” or “Maybe.” 

You are only as good as you believe you are.

It’s Okay to Fail

Darth Vader did not tolerate mistakes of any kind. He expected his followers within the Empire to be perfect. If they made a mistake, he would use the Force to choke them to death.

Hopefully you don’t work for a boss like that.

The Rebel Alliance, however, made many mistakes and lost many battles. That did not cause them to give up or turn on one another. They continued pressing on toward their goal.

We need to do the same thing in our jobs and careers, in fact, in all aspects of our lives. 

We’ve all made mistakes and had setbacks but that doesn’t mean we should quit. 

Children fail all the time. They fall when they try to walk. They fall when they ride a bike. Imagine if they stopped getting back up and doing it again. We adults forgot how to learn.

We need to remember the importance of learning from failure. 

The most important of the career lessons we can learn from Star Wars is…

Be Patient

So far, the Star Wars series has spanned a period of almost 40 years. That’s amazing. 

Few movie franchises have been able to survive over that long of a period, much less with as much fanfare as Star Wars continues to have. The only other one I can think of is the James Bond franchise.

Your career is the same. You shouldn’t expect to reach the corner office within the first year in your career. It’s going to take time. Lots of time.

Be patient as your career evolves. Reaching success too quickly would most likely have one of two results: immediate overwhelm or boredom.

Instead of being impatient with your career and always hoping/looking for something more, enjoy each step of your journey.

A career is a journey. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. 

Question for you: What other career lessons have you learned from any of the Star Wars movies?

9 Tips for Learning How to Be More Confident at Work

Do you want to know how to be more confident at work? As a professional, having a high degree of self-confidence will be key for achieving success at work … and in every other aspect of your life.

Employers want confident employees because confident employees are self-motivated, efficient and creative.

Confident employees also turn into confident leaders.

How to be more confident at work

 Do you want to know how to be more confident at work? Or do you want to continue slugging through the daily grind, complaining of being underpaid and underappreciated? Hopefully its the former rather than the latter.

Since you want to know how to be more confident at work, following are nine tips for gaining that confidence.

1. Focus on Your Strengths

The most confident people work within their strengths. Trying to do something at which you know you are not blessed with the ability will drag you down emotionally.

By this point in your life, you should know what your talents are. Are you able to use those talents, i.e., strengths, at work on a daily basis? If not, try to find a different career in which you can work within your strengths. 

A few years ago, I took the Strengthsfinder 2.0 test. I was curious to see what the results would be because I’ve always been an introvert. 

The results of the short test were astounding. Four of my five biggest strengths were spot-on. I saw them and thought, “Of course that represents me.”

My number one strength, however, was a complete shock to me.

My number one strength was “Relator.” At first, I didn’t think that was possible. But then I read the description of what a relator is. Sure enough, that is my number one strength. I don’t like to make friends just for the sake of having friends. But when I enter into any type of relationship, I try to make it deep. I want friends, not acquaintances.

In reality, my career has allowed me to use that strength more and more as I progress. Building relationships is what I deem to be the most interesting and fun aspect of my career.

So if you really want to know how to be more confident at work, buy Strengthsfinder 2.0 and start using your top strengths.

2. Enjoy Your Job

Being good at your job is one thing. You also want to enjoy what you do. Being good at and enjoying are not always the same.

If you can find something you’re good at and enjoy, then you’ve found the sweet spot. 

For example, I’m really good at bookkeeping. If I did that for a living though, I’d flip out. It is not what I like.

What do you really like to do? 

Do you need interaction with people or do you enjoy working alone? Do you enjoy using your mind or just repetitious tasks using your hands? 

Do you need to be creative to have fun or do things by rote?

Whatever you like to do, if you want to know how to be more confident at work, find that intersection between what you like and what you’re good at doing.

3. Have High Expectations

What would be the point in building confidence if you didn’t expect it to improve your future? 

You can make your future whatever you want it to be. You should expect it to be great. 

Those expectations are not just because of you though. Expect great things from those you work with. The trick with expectations is communicating them to all parties. If others do not know what your expectations are, they won’t know how to meet them.

I’ve suffered from this in the past when dealing with my coworkers and employees. I have high expectations of everyone I work with. Partially that is because we hire very smart, personable, self-motivated people. They demand much of themselves so high expectations are the norm for everyone.

I’ll identify something that can and should be improved. I’ll change it and then keep seeing it without it being corrected. I get so frustrated. 

That’s my fault though. I’ve never told anyone to correct it. My expectations are just that they will notice I made the change and then change it going forward. Shame on me for not telling them.

As you continue to set, meet and then exceed your own expectations, your confidence will continue to grow.

4. Dress to Impress

Yes, I’m a nerd. 

Sometimes when I work from home, I still get dressed up in a suit. Why? Because I feel better and more professional being dressed in professional work attire.

Part of my personal brand, which I’ve worked hard to create and manage, is to wear a suit and tie every day. Just last month, some of my clients were joking with me that I probably even mow the lawn with a tie on.

I don’t go quite that far.

Anyway, dressing up always makes me more confident. 

Wear clothes that fit properly and look good, and you’ll see your confidence soar. 

The suit that does it for me the most is a fully tailored suit and French cuff dress shirt. Both fit me perfectly. I just feel so good when I wear them.

For you to know how to be more confident at work, I recommend investing (it is an investment, not an expense) in a tailored suit. Don’t go to a store where they will bring in the jacket a little and hem the pants to the right length. Get a suit made. It will be more costly but I promise you that it is worth it!

5. Smile to Be Happy

Smiling induces the body to release certain chemicals that will increase your happiness. When you smile, you will feel happier. When you feel happier, you will feel more confident.

It’s only a theory but I believe only happy people can truly confident. 

You’re probably thinking, “That can’t be right. There is this really mean guy I work with but he has more confidence that anyone else.”

That may be how it appears but I believe his confidence is truly a falsified ego that is used as a defense mechanism for his lack of confidence.

I used to coach high school volleyball. We were playing a match against my alma mater and were faring well. Our middle hitter made a mistake and got really down on himself. He was talented but we had to regulate his demeanor.

After he made that mistake, I didn’t chew him out, yell at him or even try to correct what he did wrong. Instead, I yelled out to him, “SMILE!” 

He gave me this strange look and then smiled. I knew that if he would keep his emotions in check, he would be more confident and play better. It worked!

An article from Psychology Today delves into the secrets of happiness. It doesn’t specifically address smiling but it does address many benefits of smiling and being happy.

Watch your confidence soar when you smile more often. You’ll even find that it is contagious. The more you smile, the more others will as well.

6. Celebrate Small Wins

One of Dave Ramsey’s teachings of the debt snowball is to pay off the smallest debt balance you have, regardless of the interest rate. He realized that most people need to win a small battle early on or they will stop fighting the war.

Sure, it makes sense to pay off the highest interest rate debt first. That would save you the most money. However, if you are not strong-willed enough to continue paying off that debt, it won’t matter.

We think the same way in any other task. 

Think about dieting. If you continue to focus on losing a huge number of pounds, you’ll become discouraged every time you step on the scale. However, focus on losing two pounds per week, and you can celebrate the achievement of a goal every week.

Winning creates momentum. Winning creates confidence.

To know how to be more confident by celebrating small wins, break large goals into steps. Each step should be small and short enough to be achieved quickly.

7. Spend Time with Confident People

Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

I love this quote and think of it often. 

Have you noticed how misery loves company? Unsuccessful people hang around others who are unsuccessful. Complainers spend time with complainers. Stressed people hang around other stressed people.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, happy people hang out with happy people, confident with confident, successful with successful.

That’s no accident. 

Be intentional about who you spend the most time with. When you find yourself spending time with someone who is always complaining, stop spending time with her. 

8. Be Healthy

This should be a no-brainer. If it was though more people would take their health seriously. 

Are you as healthy as you want to be? If not, what’s holding you back?

I know the answer to that…time. You don’t think you have time. I hear you. I use that excuse too.

Think about two things about time and being healthy. Even the most important business leaders in the world today have only 24 hours in a day. You have no more time than they do and they have no more than you. We all have the same amount of time.

Also, one of those business leaders is Richard Branson, head of the Virgin companies. When asked what his number one tip for productivity is, he answered, “Work out.” That tells you something right there.

It’s odd to me how we as a society have to focus so much on getting healthy. Shouldn’t that be the norm? Instead, we eat processed foods high in chemicals and sugars and then sit all day. That’s a recipe for disaster. 

Ask me how to be more confident at work by being healthy and I’ll give you a short list of simple things to do:

  1. Drink more water, no soft drinks
  2. Get out of your chair often
  3. Don’t eat anything that came out of a vending machine
  4. Sleep more

That’s it. Each is simple. They are even easy when you focus on your health rather than convenience.

9. Be in the Now

You cannot be stressed if you focus on now. Stress comes from focusing on the past and the future, rather than the now. Stress is the result of your thoughts. 

I can’t say it much better than Prince Ea can in the video below. He shares how to eliminate stress in 60 seconds. Watch it, you will be happy you did.

How to Be More Confident At Work

There you have it. Nine easy tips for building confidence at work. 

Use these tips to enhance your confidence and grow in your career. You are in control of your confidence, your career and your future. No one controls any of them. Only you do.

Be the author of your own story. Be the CEO of your career. 

Question for you: What else have you done to be more confident at work? 

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