If you do great work but aren’t getting ahead, it could be because your contributions aren’t being recognized. Results don’t always speak for themselves, and management may not know all the reasons a great project was such a success. That’s why demonstrating confidence in your abilities can be great for your career. Make it a habit to communicate to your boss and other decision makers that you are good at what you do, and to highlight specific examples of your work. Of course, you don’t want to brag or praise yourself at every opportunity — but don’t be too modest, either. There’s nothing wrong with honestly expressing your achievements to the people who need to be aware of them. If doing that feels unnatural, build your confidence by asking yourself: What am I good at? What are my greatest successes? Why am I valuable to the company?
Adapted from “To Seem More Competent, Be More Confident,” by Jack Nasher.