Top 5 recommendations for increased confidence & competence in 2019

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Top 5 surprising recommendations for increased confidence and competence in 2019

  • CONFIDENCE:According to the dictionary, confidence is the feeling or belief that one can rely on or have belief in someone or something.  It’s a feeling of self-assurance. 

  • COMPETENCE:The dictionary also indicates competence is the ability to something successfully or efficiently.  In other words, you have the skill set to be qualified to do your job.

In 2019, how can you have more confidence and competence?  I already assume you follow project management principles and ethics, beyond that here are my suggestions for the new year:

  1. Take care of yourself.  Surprised this is number one on the list?  It should be a top priority.  Get enough rest, eat right, exercise, drink plenty of water, avoid caffeine and monitor and control your stress.  Easier said than done?  Maybe this year, it can be a firm goal.  This is your number 1 confidence and competence secret weapon and being on top of your game health-wise enables you to have the best platform for peak performance.  Start with small SMART goals.  Placing your personal health high on the list will help you react and respond better to everything and everyone.

  2. Be known for standing up for what is right… and stand up for yourself when you need too.  Use your words both written and spoken for good and have the reputation for always speaking the truth.  Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” when appropriate knowing you will find the answer and follow up later.  Be the best representation of excellence stakeholders have ever seen.

  3. Take time to increase your knowledge and add to your skillset.  Build, grow, develop and bloom this year!  Put it on your calendar.  Make it happen!  Gain the PDU’s, volunteer, take acceptable risks and learn all you can.  Build your career – you are worth it!

  4. Be happy.  Life happens – cancer, divorce, job loss, stress.  These things are real and many challenges will be ahead this year.  Live with an attitude of gratitude, positivity and keep an open, inquisitive outlook.  This is huge and will improve your project management success!

  5. Focus on your customers.  Put yourself “in their shoes”.  Make your stakeholders a top priority and your projects will flourish.  Keenly use your soft and hard skills, learn from mistakes, hone problem solving skills and improve your listening skills – these things are foundations for confidence and competence.

Posted on: February 13, 2019 06:50 PM | Permalink

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Great points Lori.

I like the fact that you have taking care of yourself as number one. I interpret that to include knowing and being yourself.

Thank you Lori for your advice. It is really very helpful.

Like motivation theory to grow up his self!!!

Great tips! So often we forget point 1.
Thank you for sharing your insights.

Step 2 - "I don't know"; it's very important to know what you don't know and not try to be an expert at everything. Use all your resources (especially people) to help you when you 'don't know'.

Useful points , Thanks a lot

It's always easy to work with people who are continuously improving...learning...admitting when a knowledge or skills gap appears. Thank you for sharing this!

Thank you for all the comments - I wish each of you increased confidence and competence in 2019!

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