Are You Underestimating Yourself and Your Potential?

Many people underestimate themselves and their potential when it comes to progressing in their career. Self-doubt is hardly uncommon, but it can stop you from getting to where you want to be in your career. That’s something that you can’t allow to happen because you’ll only look back later in life and regret the approach you took.

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Now is the time to stop underestimating yourself and selling yourself short. It’s something that will help you make forward steps in your career, so don’t wait around before making these changes.

Each of the tips below will help you to get back on track and achieve better outcomes going forward.

Stop Mistaking Complacency For Inability

Just because your career is not taking off in the way you want it to right now, that doesn’t mean you’re not capable of achieving all the things you want to achieve. It’s more than likely the case that you are experiencing complacency or boredom in your current role; and that’s a sign that you’ve outgrown it.

What you should never do is simply assume that because things aren’t perfect right now, it’s down to inability because that’s probably not true.

Surround Yourself With the Right People

The people who you’ve got around you will definitely have an impact on how you perform in life and how successful you are generally. If you surround yourself with the wrong kinds of people, they will hold you back and stop you from being as successful as you can be. Surround yourself instead with supportive people who don’t drag you away from the things that are important to you. It can be hard to move away from old friends, but sometimes it has to happen.

Get Your CV Assessed and Improved

Your CV is the most important document you have. It’s this that employers will judge you on, so it makes sense to make your CV as strong as it can be. Get it assessed by a professional and then upgrade it for future use. Places like Adzuna can then tell you how much your CV is worth, which will help you decide whether you’re earning what you actually deserve to earn. That’s really important, so make sure that you get this covered ASAP.

Display Confidence in Yourself and Others Will Have Confidence in You

Sometimes, all it takes for people to have confidence in yourself and your abilities, is a willingness to believe in yourself and what you’re doing. People respond to confidence, so if you display your own confidence, people will be more likely to believe in you. This is something that probably doesn’t come to you naturally, but it’s still worth putting in the effort to make it happen. When you do, you will experience the difference.

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Boast About Your Unique Skills

Everyone has a set of skills that other people don’t have, so why should you be shy to boast about those skills? If there’s something you’re good at, let people know it. That’s when new opportunities will start to present themselves to you, and you’ll start to go further in life and in your career than you would ever have imagined. It’s not easy to boast about things if you’re not used to doing that, but everyone else is doing it, so if you don’t, you’ll be left behind.

When an Opportunity Arises, Grab It

Failing to grab hold of opportunities when they present themselves to you can really hold you back. Be sure to make the most of chances for promotion and things like that. If you tell yourself that you’re not good enough and then don’t even bother to apply or put yourself forward, you’ll never have the chance to progress, so stop holding yourself back and grab those opportunities instead.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Comparing yourself to other people is almost always a mistake. You don’t need to think of yourself and your success in relation to other people. That’s not the way to do it. Instead, you should focus on yourself and what’s right for you. No one else’s business has to affect yours, and don’t let yourself forget that. It’s unhealthy way to measure your own personal success.

You shouldn’t let yourself too bogged down in the negative things that you see in yourself. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and the key thing is to play up to your strengths if you want to see positive results and outcomes in your career and life in general.  Underestimating yourself can seriously affect your potential.

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Ex marketing professional turned family lifestyle blogger. I live in Cardiff with hubby Mat, Caitlin (10) and Ieuan (8).

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Great content, agreed!