Do you struggle with self-confidence or doubt whether the role you currently have is right for you, or whether you should look for something else?
Here are four things that I can recommend you do, to move you forward
1. Increase your self-awareness
Most people that I coach really don’t know what their talents and strengths are. So, take a Strengthsfinder test and do a Talent Dynamics assessment. Or review your Myers Briggs or any other profiling tool you may have done previously and then, look for what are your innate talents and strengths and what you are really great at? Ask your friends and colleagues what they think they are and make notes, which you can compare with the psychometric tools available to you.
2. Raise your self-esteem
You can raise your self-esteem by doing the following: Write out 50 accomplishments that you have achieved so far in your life. Include your schooling, your exams at GCSE level, university, awards, family and social contributions, volunteering, artistic and creative work, home, gardening, work and career achievements. Once you get into it, I promise you will find at least 50, so when you get there, keep on going to 100 if you can!
3. Review your role and responsibilities
By reviewing your role and responsibilities you are trying to see whether there’s a match. Take an hour to review what your role requires you to do, what responsibilities and accountabilities you have, and compare them to what your colleagues have said you’re great at, the talents and strengths that you have and see whether there’s a match. So, if your colleagues say you’re great to talking to people, being out and about staying connected to what’s new and innovative in the business, but your responsibilities require you to stay at your desk for more than 50% of your time, preparing materials, arguing the case for something, project managing others in the execution of a project, there may be a mis-match.
4. Compare what you have to do with what you love to do
Take some further time to compare them with what you have discovered about what you love to do, what you enjoy doing and what you’re great at. Identify where there are similarities and matches and also where there are major differences, conflicts and antagonisms. If the things you are currently doing depress you, bring you down and don’t lift you up, then that’s a very good sign that says you should move on. Either go for a bigger role in your current organisation or look outside.
You can do all of the above yourself, with the help of your friends! If you’d prefer to have a professional coach take you through this powerful process and support you in taking actions to move you forward, call us for a fuller discussion on what the process involves and the outcomes you should rightly expect.
5th February 2017