How’s your confidence these days? If you’re feeling strong and confident, great! If, however, the industry challenges have impacted your career or working
environment, your confidence may have taken a toll.
Maybe you’re in a place where your confidence has been whittled away. You once had it, but now you are doubting yourself, wondering if you’ll ever get that
promotion, if you really can do that next challenging job, or maybe even worried that you’ll not have a job.
When we lose our confidence, it shows and causes others to doubt us...because confidence is often mistaken for competence.
Some of the confidence killers we encounter are:
Not feeling valued. When you work really hard and you realize your efforts are not recognized, it wears
Overlooked for roles or promotions. When you have your sights set on that promotion or that next
assignment, and it goes to someone who you know is not as competent as you, you can start to doubt
Making mistakes without learning and recovering. We all make mistakes in our career. What kills our
confidence is when we fail to recover from them. Instead, we start wearing them like a label, believing that
somehow our little mistake has now become a part of who we are.
Critical people in your career path. It may be a critical boss. Or perhaps you work in a department where
all you deal with are problems and negative people. Soon you start absorbing their attitudes.
When we take the initiative to reclaim our view of ourselves, we regain control of
our confidence and our career.
Setting and meeting goals increases confidence. I’ve never seen someone set goals too high and lose their confidence because they failed to meet them. But I have seen people without goals doubt their abilities.
Knowing your value increases your confidence. When you are clear on how you add value you can direct
your efforts to those activities. Recognition is most likely to come from where you add the greatest value.
Know your options. Keeping a broad perspective on career options and getting that confirmed by others
gives you the confidence of knowing you have choices.
Articulate your accomplishments. Knowing what you’ve accomplished and letting it be known to others
who influence your career helps you feel good about what you’ve done and be recognized for it.
We all need to have that confidence that comes from within, but it is also important for
our careers to have external recognition for what we do.
If you feel you need support in comfortably communicating your accomplishments, check out the virtual
program Creating Your Career Opportunities: 3 Key Skills to Getting What You Want™.
Pink Petro members receive a discount on this program.
What kills your confidence and how do you overcome it?