The best boost that you can give your paycheck, your career path and your work journey is to believe in your capabilities. A self esteem boost will do more for you than you can possibly imagine.
Check your misgivings at the door. Learn to act more confident than you feel. Learn to trust in your abilities. You are the advertising agent, press agent, public relations staff, negotiations manager, and branding manager for you. If you don’t believe in yourself, others will have difficulty believing in you.
You could be getting in your own way. It took me years to figure this out, and I figured it out the hard way. I would watch a position come open. Several people would apply. I wouldn’t apply, thinking that I wasn’t ready or just fearful of not getting it and having to live with the rejection. Several positions in a row were filled following this pattern. The new hires then struggled over the next year or so and eventually quit or were fired. I then had the confidence to apply and get the positions. The year or years in-between were painful and long. I had trained the new hires, and spent time working with them to orient them to the culture and the people.
So, why don’t you believe in yourselves the first time around? Why are you fearful of taking the risk? Nothing is gained without risk. No one faults you for trying to advance, even if you don’t succeed. Also, I can guarantee that you will never advance if you don’t at least try. Take the first step, it’s the hardest. The tricky part is to apply, with every confidence that you will get it, and then accept with a gracious attitude if you do not. Move forward with confidence.
Don’t allow others to have more faith in you than you have in yourself. I am confident that there is some barrier in your life that you have convinced yourself that you cannot overcome. I believe you can overcome it. You can tackle the barriers in your life that are holding you back. You can achieve more. Give yourself a self esteem boost and eliminate your barriers.
by Bethany Williams