Own your strengths.
Research shows that self-awareness correlates with success. The better you know yourself, the more likely you are to achieve your goals. Pay attention to the projects and responsibilities that inspire passion, creativity, and motivation. Note, too, the things you struggle with or those that drain your energy. As you gain an honest picture of your abilities, you’ll be able to partner with people whose skills complement your own so you can drive results within your organization.
Get comfortable with disappointment.
Too often, women try to brush over professional setbacks and disappointments. They suppress the frustration, anger, and doubt that comes from those instances. But those are the moments that teach you the most. When you fail or you don’t receive the recognition you believe you deserve, sit with that experience. Learn from it and reflect on how you can do better. Be prepared to work even harder the second time around.
Envision your future.
One of the best motivators for self-promotion is envisioning where you want your career to be five or 10 years from now. Chances are, you won’t get there by cowering in the corner and hoping someone will take notice. You’ll need to take concrete steps to build your skills, and you’ll need to assert those skills to move up the ranks. Confidence and self-promotion are essential to fulfilling your career goals.
Women need to step out from behind the cloak of anonymity to make real change in the corporate world. You may experience backlash on occasion, but let your results and success speak for themselves. The more women who express confidence and advocate for themselves, the more negative backlash will diminish. Show up prepared to work, find allies and embrace every chance for growth that comes your way. If you allow yourself to claim the opportunities that are yours, you’ll find that being publicly confident will naturally follow.