Three Things Potentially Holding You Back In Your Career

Written by Freda Nomo

Are you struggling to get ahead in your career? Knowledge, expertise and talent can take you far, however, confidence, social skills and time management are equally important. If you’re struggling with any of these areas, here’s how to tackle them.

Confidence

Self-limiting beliefs can intensify confidence issues. Even the most confident and successful individuals have had to challenge their insecurities and beliefs.

In order to build up your confidence, you need to identify any beliefs that are holding you back. For example, you may hold the belief that you cannot get your voice heard in meetings. In this case, you need to assess the validity of this belief and its consequences.

Next, seek to understand where this belief came from and look for counter-evidence. Ideally, something that shows the belief is not true – at least not all of the time.

Lastly, implement a new belief, such as: ‘I can get my voice heard at meetings if I prepare a few questions in advance’ and put it into practice.

Time Management

Many people’s weakness is time management. There’s often too much to do and so little time. So here are three tips to work smarter and get things done.

  1. Block or carve out daily/weekly thinking time. Find a quiet place and think about the most important things you need to do for the week.
  2. Create a priority list, update daily, and keep it somewhere visible.
  3. Make sure you perform all important tasks when you have the most energy.

Influences and Friendships

Influencing, connecting and building relationships is vital. This may come easy to some but for others, it can be a struggle. It’s important to build trust and communicate in a way that people will understand.

  1. Be genuinely interested in others. Small talk is great for making conversations happen. Ask questions and be curious.
  2. Listening is crucial. Observe types of language and other expressions as this can give you clues on how to influence them. Do they want facts and figures? Headlines or details? An email or conversation?
  3. First impressions count. Always think about how you would like to be perceived and the act accordingly.
  4. Ask people you trust to give you one specific piece of advice on how to improve your communication skills.
  5. Study the people who influence and communicate well with people. What can you learn from them?

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