The new millenium has brought about a whole lot of changes for ambitious ladies willing to pursue a career. Even though we now have endless opportunities and it seems like there’s no stopping us from achieving our professional aims, sadly, not every woman out there is content with her work life. Ever wondered what is that’s slowing us down and preventing us from climbing the career ladder?
Helene Lerner, WomenWorking.com founder, has recently conducted an amazing survey, which revealed that the vast majority of women bide their time for way too long until they feel confident enough to make a bold move in their careers. Might sound like the safest way to go, but you should know that playing it safe doesn’t usually get you far. Instead, it sometimes makes you miss some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
How about we take a look at what makes even the best of us lack confidence at work?
1. You’ve got some pretty high standards, girl
We have to stop the negative chatter and tell ourselves that our best is good enough.
Lerner’s perfectly right. Aiming for the best is always recommended, especially when it comes to work. However, being a perfectionist has its downsides. Setting yourself some impossible standards can turn out to be detrimental not only for your career, but also for your own peace of mind. Unless you want unnecessary disappointments in your life, go for a number of small, achievable goals, rather than only one unreal objective.
2. Micromanagement – don’t even get me started on this one
Your boss’s micromanaging probably has more to do with how that person feels about themselves, not you.
Although most bosses can’t resist the urge to tell you how to complete all your tasks in layman’s terms, there’s every likelihood that you’re doing your job perfectly fine, so from now on, try not to take it personally, for your own sake.
3. You might be afraid of failure, but who isn’t?
The greatest failures have led to innovation.
Don’t despair if you don’t get everything right from the very first time. More often than not, the best way to evolve professionally is through trial and error. No mistake is truly a loss if it teaches you a lesson and hey, who knows what marvelous path it could set you on?
4. Oh, not those nasty colleagues of yours again
Clean up your side of the street.
It’s no secret that the attitude of your colleagues can have an effect on your performance at work, as a hostile environment is never an incentive to outdo yourself. Doing this might be hard, but ideally, you should try and talk to the ones who don’t seem to be willing to collaborate with you. If you do manage to set things straight with them, everything’s bound to get a lot better at your workplace.
5. In a love-hate relationship with your job?
The minus the love, triple the hate kind of thing? If so, it’s about time you made a change, because unfulfillment at work can really drive you up the wall. Don’t you dare think it’s too late or complicated to learn something new or even start over somewhere else! If you simply can’t stand your workplace, just leave it.
You don’t deserve a better career, sweetie, but the best. That’s why you should take some time to find out what your problems are and deal with them ASAP, so as to make sure that your self-confidence is peaking at all times.