For someone embarking on a new career like copywriting, lack of confidence could be a problem. You only have to think what the first day in a new job is like. Even if you have all the experience in the world, self-doubts creep in and you wonder if you’re up to it. But when it’s a whole new career, those self-doubts can go into overdrive.
So how do you deal with it? Will you ever reach the stage where you are supremely confident of your abilities? And how long does it take to get to that stage?
Of course, if you want to be successful in anything you do, you will have to deal with the self-doubts. And we know it’s not just a matter of ‘manning up’ (or womaning up, of course). So here are five tips to help you boost your confidence and self-esteem.
There’s no doubt that training is a huge confidence booster. The industry is unregulated and countless people decide overnight to embark on a copywriting career without the necessary skills and experience. By contrast, those who have trained start their new careers from a position of strength. They have learnt the necessary skills. They have made their mistakes and gained practical experience in a safe, protected environment. They have invested in their own future and their client’s. And that does wonders for the self-esteem.
Trained or not, it’s important to remember nobody is supremely confident 100% of the time. Ignore all those comments from other copywriters you see on social media. They are marketing their services. If they have any savvy, they won’t admit to being a gibbering wreck. Copywriter Stephen Marsh wrote about that very thing in a guest blog.
Copywriter Nick Pagan wrote a gutsy honest guest blog explaining how he coped when the client said no.
Finally … don’t be surprised to find your confidence levels going up and down like a proverbial yo-yo. If you’re having a bad day, the slightest knock could send you into a downward spiral. On the other hand, if you’re having a good day, that knock will probably go unnoticed.
Remember, you’re not alone. Everyone experiences times when they lack confidence. It’s natural. Believe it or not, it happens to everyone. All you have to do is knock the doubting gremlin off your shoulder and let your angel take over.
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