Stress is notorious for undermining self-confidence. Increase resistance by building up your self-respect.
BAN SELF PUT-DOWNS from your vocabulary. Ask a friend to monitor you. Stress can make us blind to self-sabotage.
ENERGISE YOURSELF with positive self-talk. If 'I can do it' mantras work for Olympic athletes, they will work for you.
BEWARE FALSE MODESTY. It hurts your reputation and confidence. Highlight your strengths when pressure starts.
KEEP REMINDERS of past successes visible. If you can't show trophies publicly, keep them where you see them sometimes.
CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES in style (the minor ones are often most significant).