Leadership

Daily confidence-building tips for business owners

To believe in your business, it helps to believe in yourself. Stay inspired to take your business to the next level.

Published: April 24, 2017

Confidence doesn't just happen. Getting there is an active, intentional process. As a business owner, putting yourself out there, asking for the sale, and sharing your talents with the world takes a great deal of courage.

Every day you and other entrepreneurs can face challenges like self-doubt and anxiety, potentially leading to procrastination and poor execution. Therefore, having the confidence to overcome these pressures is essential to small business success. Focus on becoming your own biggest cheerleader in order to overcome negative feelings and put your best foot forward.

Here are three daily steps for building and maintaining your sense of confidence.

#1. Find your inspiration source

Begin the day with inspiration and imagination. As entrepreneurs, it can be easy to fall into the monotonous pattern of running your business. Keep the spark alive by remaining connected to feelings of joy and inspiration, which all lead to creativity. This may include working out in the morning, watching interesting or fun videos on YouTube, meditating, or spending time with your family. Whatever gets you ready for the day, make a commitment to yourself that you will do this first thing in the morning.

#2. Focus on your to-do list

The second step is to keep your to-do list short. It's easy to get bogged down and overwhelmed if you don't accomplish everything you want to do — but there's always something more to be done. By keeping your to-do list short and manageable, you'll feel more confident that you can complete the tasks at hand than you would with a never-ending to-do list that can eat away at your self-esteem. Also, be sure to complete the item that you're dreading the most first. Get it out of the way, cross it off the list, and relish in the joy of knowing that you have the rest of the day to complete your other, less daunting tasks.

#3. Create daily affirmations

The final step is to write down three reasons why you are the best at what you do every day. Read them in front of the mirror until you feel excited to start the day and continue running your business.

Your business can only grow as much as you grow as a person. And while developing your financial and accounting skills is important, if you do not focus on internal characteristics, such as confidence, your business's success could be at stake. Successful business owners likely had to believe in themselves before anyone else believed in them.

Having confidence can help you be a good leader. Read more on the skills needed to demonstrate strong leadership.


Danetha Doe is passionate about helping entrepreneurs increase their net-worth and self-worth, and was named a next-generation accountant by Quickbooks. To learn more about her, visit www.danethadoe.com and download her free e-book, "The Money Guide for Women Who Love Luxury: How to Add $10K to Your Savings in 90 Days Without Going on a Budget."

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