It will happen to all of us at some point or another. You’re flying high. Things are going great; better than ever in fact! Sales are good. Orders are pouring in. Your customers are happy. Your colleagues are also just as happy. Believing in yourself has never been something you’ve questioned. Work is a terrific place to be right now.
But brewing in some dark corner is conflict. Unrest. As it turns out, at least one person is not excited with the way you do things. This will not be anything tangible. You will not have committed any crimes. No, the problem will be intangible – what this person believes you can or can’t do in the future. Whether or not you’re really doing things according to the priorities as they see it.
Ordinarily this would not be a problem. You’ll never agree with every single person at work. But what do you do when this person is your boss, superior, or frankly someone in charge of your compensation? How do you keep from compromising your career as well as your wallet?
Believing in Yourself is Resilience:
It doesn’t matter who’s right. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. For as long as you work for this person, all you can do is wait to prove them wrong. All you can do is control the here and now, and where we go from here. So what do you want to do about it? What’s going to be your play?
You may think you’re stuck and that this is unfair. You may think you’re the only one and being singled out. But this kind of thing happens more than you think. Everyone gets a spin at the wheel. You’re not the first one, and you certainly won’t be the last.
Some of the largest giants and CEO’s in the world have had people doubt them and their abilities. Even the likes of Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, and Steve Jobs were all once fired from their jobs. Yes, even the great Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple back in 1985, the company he founded. Only after the company was in shambles did he come back and make it the phenomenon it is today.
You may think that when you’re reprimanded, disciplined, demoted, or even worse – fired – that your life is over. But did that stop any of these famous people? No! In fact, each of these individuals went on to build something larger than anyone could have ever imagined. They were sleeping giants just waiting to be awakened…
Each of them picked up in spite of someone not believing in them, and continued onward until somebody did. They didn’t wait to be told or ask for permission. They had a vision in mind, learned from their mistakes along the way, and eventually got the proper support they needed to change the lives of others as well as themselves.
Only you know when you’re ready to unleash your greatness to the world. No single project or task is going to be the key. Believing in yourself will have to come from your own hunger and ambition. And when no is around to throw coal in the fire, you’ll be the only one who can fuel it.
You are More Than Your Job:
“You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You are not your f%@king khakis. You are all singing, all dancing crap of the world.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
What actually defines a man? Is it the job they have or the amount of money they make? The school they graduated from? Or is it the talents they possess? The results they achieve? The lives they change?
Your job is your training grounds where you test gold in fire each day. If you don’t, then you’re preventing yourself from receiving the full benefit you deserve. Your job is there to test your ideas, develop your talents, and shape the person you become. The most fortunate of us can find a mentor to help us along the way. We can work tirelessly to gain their approval while never expecting to hear about it.
We will all be doubted. We will all be questioned. We will all be on trial for our actions and decisions. No one is above judgment. This is the law of the jungle.
No matter what your superiors may think of you, always know this: Only you know what you’re capable of accomplishing. You alone know your talents. You alone can channel your passion into results. Don’t let the reservations of others add to your own self-doubt. Cut through that darkness like high beams in the night. Show us what you’ve got. Show us why you matter.
Readers – Despite what others may think, what do you do to continue to believe in yourself and keep motivated?
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