Some workers seem to have it all together. You know the type: the peppy employee always ready to share their ideas or take on new assignments. They manage to convince those around them, including themselves, that they’re an asset. There’s one feeling they embrace that many struggle to find: confidence.
Confidence in the workplace is a crucial advantage, and a huge factor in career development. But some workers instead find themselves crippled with doubt and fear, unable to take necessary risks or voice their insights.
This is a dangerous path to walk, and it shouldn’t be an ongoing one. Here are five confidence killers and how to beat them.
High-performing employees often pressure themselves to reach ridiculous standards, and sometimes become discouraged when they fail to achieve them, said Helene Lerner, author of “The Confidence Myth” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015) and founder of WomenWorking.com, a career website for women.
Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. Every time you fall short on a project, ask yourself if you gave it your all. If you did, know that you are human and cannot do everything perfectly – and accept that.
“We have to stop the negative chatter and tell ourselves our best is good enough,” Lerner said. “Make it an inner mantra.”
2. Micromanager bosses
Being micromanaged can make a person feel like their work isn’t good enough. Why else would the boss be nitpicking and telling you exactly how to complete a task?
But in most cases, you probably aren’t doing anything wrong. Lerner noted that fear is usually underneath controlling behavior.
“[Your boss’s] micromanaging probably has more to do with how that person feels about him or herself, not you,” she said.
If you’re truly confident, no one can tear you down. A micromanager might strike some insecurities in you, but you have to be the one to fight back and remind yourself just how far you’ve come, and where you want to go.
Read more: https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7828-women-career-confidence.html