Being confident at work is an empowering feeling. However, when you’re constantly dealing with the rules, structure, and ideas of others, it can be difficult to come by. And when we lack confidence, we open the door to negative beliefs about ourselves.

If they go unchecked these thoughts and beliefs can start to prevent us from moving forward and shining in our careers.  

In order to clear your head and reset your mindset, you have to start by recognizing the many reasons that what you’re telling yourself is lies. Thoughts are powerful. Simply thinking “I’m not good enough”, has the power to change how you see yourself.

What you think about yourself has the power to imbue you with confidence and empowerment in the workplace or to sabotage your efforts and leave you feeling defeated.

Here are 3 thoughts that have the potential to become what we believe to be true about ourselves and the power to completely derail our work experience.

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i can’t

As you embark on your career journey, there will be many challenges that push you outside your comfort zone. While it’s common to second guess your ability when you’re in unchartered territory, it’s important to know that you don’t have to give in to those feelings.

When I was in my twenties I defeated fear and personal doubt by always thinking ‘what’s the worst that can happen’. Meaning, it’s okay to try new things and succeed or fail. You’ll either learn something new or prove to yourself that you had what it takes all along.

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When fear and doubt start representing you and your actions… you’ve already lost the battle. So the next time your boss is assigning a new project or you see a promotion listed on the company job board… go for it! Don’t  give yourself a chance to talk yourself out of it. After all, what’s the worst that can happen?

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this is how i’ve always done it

Would you believe that these are some of the most stifling words in business? When you become so accustomed to doing things a certain way you are no longer open to change or growth. You’ll resist new methods that could make your life easier or advance your skill set.

Whether it’s something as simple as moving the date of a recurring meeting that you host on a specific day. Or, maybe your company is adopting new systems or software – either way be flexible and open to change. Don’t limit yourself because you’re used to the way things were.

i hate this

You may feel that your current position no longer serves you. You may think that you’ve outgrown your surroundings or are ready for a change (of the environment or job duties). And even if you have a plan in motion to resign and move on to something new, don’t allow negativity to become your default attitude.

Preparing for something new is not the same as becoming the Negative Nancy of your current workplace!

Keep your attitude in check during this transition. If you become consumed with thoughts about how much you hate your job, your co-workers, or your boss, your remaining time will be miserable and you want to be able to be your best self.

Save yourself the agony and maintain a sense of gratitude for having the job and for the experience that you’ve had. Everything in life is a stepping stone. Even if that means your current job was meant to point you in the right direction.