4 beliefs that could be sabogating your career


It takes more than hard work and skills to succeed. A large factor Is your attitude—and we don’t just mean how well you get along with your co-workers. Many people become overwhelmed by stress, or oversensitive to conflict, because of wrong thoughts, assumptions, or beliefs. They become more prone to burnout or job dissatisfaction. Could you be one of them?

You’re a people pleaser

Is your self-confidence or self-worth based on what other people say or think about you? Do you have a great need to be complimented or praised? Do you go out of your way to make someone ‘like’ you, or do you avoid making difficult decisions because it will make you unpopular? If that’s the case, you’ll be oversensitive to conflict or constructive criticism, and may be a ‘weak’ manager because you can’t take risks or hold your ground.

Are you easily discouraged?

Are you shattered by failure, or do you replay past failures in your head and avoid failure at all costs? Do you ‘play it safe’ or have a tendency to run away from a difficult situation? This low tolerance for failure and risk will prevent you from growing. How will you make any significant achievement if you only set easy goals for yourself?

Are you too emotional?

Feelings are normal. But you can’t let your feelings get the best of you. One of the key traits of anyone who’s succeeded is that they are able to go beyond whatever they are going through—whether it’s the anxiety before a meeting or a great disappointment—and forge forward. They are also able to control their temper, clear their heads, and go about their work with a sense of strategy and poise.

Are you a perfectionist?

Perfectionists often get caught up in the details, and are too obsessed with getting everything just right that they may miss the big picture (or worse, the impending deadline). Read our tips on how to conquer perfectionism.

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