4 Easy Steps To Feeling More Confident
By Anne Wall, Course Director.
In the 10 years we’ve been running My Interior Design School, I’ve noticed how a students’ lack of confidence can sometimes hold them back.
In my role as Course Director, I have the opportunity to talk to our students about their dream careers and what they want from life. It’s one of the best parts of my job. Chatting to these creative women (99% of our students are female) about how enrolling on an interior design course with us can lead them to achieve their work and lifestyle dreams.
Some may be starting on the career ladder and looking to use their creative talents in the world of interior design. Others may be seeking a second career or supplementary income, and join our courses and workshops to get the skills and knowledge to set up their own interior design consultancies. And some just want to join us to learn something new.
These are smart, educated, articulate and creative women.
But why do they often cite a lack of confidence in allowing them to follow their dreams? To even start a course or go on to set up their own business?
Why do they find taking that first step to pursuing their new lifestyle goals so difficult?
By understanding more about confidence and the effect it can have, you can take steps to address it. Let’s look at how you can reclaim your confidence.
Step 1 – Take Your First Step
To make that leap and try something new can often feel so overwhelming that we simply don’t do it.
The safer option of staying doing what you always do, can feel much more comfortable and predictable.
The key to overcoming inertia is to ‘just do it’. Don’t wait until you are 100% ready because the chances are you never will be.
Try not to get overwhelmed by the huge task or big decision you may need to make. Break it down into less daunting parts and take the first step now.
Just do it. And do it now!
“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post President.
Step 2 – Get the Know How
At My Interior Design School, we think knowledge is the key to feeling more confident.
A lot of our students come to us, saying they have a ‘good eye’ for colour or a distinctive talent for home décor and styling. They want to make money from their creativity but guess what? They lack the confidence to work for clients.
This is because of their lack of knowledge.
Knowing how colour theory works, how to charge a client for your work, the skills to draw a floorplan or elevation will give you the confidence to work for clients.
Learn the techniques you may need to master a project or take the first steps to a new business and you will see your confidence grow. Knowledge can be very powerful. The more you know, the more confident you will feel.
Step 3 – Face Failure
“What if you knew you couldn’t fail? Then what would you do?” is a question I love to ask our students! But it often silences them. And that’s because just the thought of failure is so overwhelming that they can’t imagine ever achieving their goal.
Working out a worst-case scenario can often help. I advise our students who are planning to start their own businesses to write down some of their fears. Then, plan some solutions. Having a back-up plan, even if it’s just on paper can prove really reassuring.
It is better to prepare for the worst (and hope it doesn’t happen) as this will help take some of the fear away from it.
“I knew that if I failed, I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying” Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.
Step 4 – Overcome Imposter Syndrome
Have friends and family ever told you you’d make a great interior designer? But you’re worried you won’t be good enough? Do you feel like a fraud and you’re about to be found out?
We can all feel anxious at the thought of being judged, not good enough and letting people down.
Don’t worry. You are not alone. Even some of the most high-profile women have admitted to dealing with imposter syndrome.
“There are still days when I wake up feeling like a fraud, not sure I should be where I am” Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook Chief.
So, how can you overcome imposter syndrome?
Make a list of things you are good at. Write down all the skills you have already and any compliments you may have been given.
For those of you thinking about doing a course with us, this may be your creativity. Knowing how to choose paint colours, styling a beautiful home, selecting fabulous accessories, making a room feel cosy and inviting or getting the lighting just right are all great talents to have.
You can read more about how our students have overcome their lack of confidence and what they’ve gone on to do after their course with My Interior Design School by clicking here: Student Success Stories.