Because we know that our real blessings (and power) lie not in what we do for ourselves but what we do for others, today’s affirmation is about both affluence as well as influence:
- Your printed copy of the This Week Goal Sheet pdf
- Post-it notes (or standard-sized stickies)
- Your favorite pen or marker
This rotating goal sheet is super easy to use: simply write out your weekly goals or major tasks for the week on an individual sticky note and place each on one of the designated squares. As you accomplish each goal, just peel off the note and rotate the remaining goals forward!
- Challenge yourself to share at least one of your opinions or thoughts during every meeting –Yes, every single meeting that you attend, because the easiest way to shrink your confidence is to say nothing at all. So until you can get in the habit of speaking up regularly, just start with one: one opinion, one idea, or one thought.
- Ask a question – if you really feel in over your head about sharing an opinion or idea, ask at least one question or seek clarity on at least one thing mentioned. Even if you’re just asking, “Did you say this Thursday or next Thursday?” show that you’re engaged and get use to hearing what your own voice sounds like speaking in front of others.
- Strike a power pose – shrinking in your seat, avoiding eye contact, or fumbling with your pen is the quickest way to lose confidence at work. Instead, lean in and place both hands and elbows on top of the table or place one arm over the back of your chair or the chair next to you. By taking up more physical space, you trick your brain into thinking you’re in charge and thus are more comfortable engaging.
- Volunteer – offer to take something off of someone else’s to-do list. Start with tasks that are within your knowledge area that you know you can handle and won’t interfere with your current workload.
- When you do speak, take your time – there’s no need to feel rushed, just own the limelight. I mean think about it, you’ve sat through most of the meeting listening – surely your colleagues don’t mind hearing you out for a minute or so.
- And if anyone misunderstands what you said, correct them. In a tactful and respectful way, don’t get cornered into thinking you were wrong in what you said, take a moment to rethink your statement and then clarify for the group.