You know you’re great at your job but your career doesn’t seem to be progressing at the speed you would like. Or things seem to not go right for you, no matter how hard you try.
If so, it might be that you are unconsciously sabotaging yourself in a number of small ways.
Here are a few of the most common ones you find…
1. You’re constantly overachieving
If you’re always going beyond the call of duty and giving it everything you have got 24/7… it usually means two things – you’re stressed and worn out.
Not only does this affect your performance so YOU are not at your best. But we often can’t help but to tell everyone too. How many times do you find yourself telling people how busy you are or how stressed you are!? And that’s the issue.
Employers are looking for people who are talented and doing a good job. They cope with pressure and are in control. So running yourself into the ground trying to prove yourself can have a detrimental affect.
Instead just keeping tight lipped about how you feel, why not look at how you could do less better. When you put your energy into one or two things your performance and output will always be of a higher standard and worth talking about. Plus, it will help your wellbeing too.
2. You don’t speak up for yourself
Do you feel constantly weighed down by your never ending workload? But NEVER speak up about it?
The problem with not raising this with your manager is that you’re saying you’re OK with unrealistic workloads and are setting an unrealistic expectation for your performance. And when you struggle to get it all done or don’t do things to a good standard your boss may just think you’re not capable.
One key thing to do here is speak up! Make sure you regularly update your boss in what you have on and the effort for each task. If you don’t have enough hours in the day, ask them for help.
Set yourself up for success not failure.
3. You turn up late
You might work over time, late nights, and weekends. BUT… turning up late for a meeting or call because you’re so busy or something else overran, questions your organisational skills and ability to cope.
Aim to be on time for every engagement. If something is taking more time than you thought park it and rearrange a follow up or another meeting.
4. Avoiding attention
I know nobody likes a bragger, however the sad truth is that if you don’t show off your work and what you do, no one else will.
A great way to do this is to get in the habit of keeping a list up-to-date of everything you have achieved that day, week or month. Not only will this help with you giving your work some attention, but it also makes it easier to recall when you need to boast.
Also, whenever you’re asked ‘how are you?’ and ‘what are you up to?’ – don’t be afraid to tell them what you have achieved in the last month no matter how big or small.
And if YOU want to work on giving yourself more confidence to this and eliminating self doubt, why not join our November Challenge here.
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