Every one of us wants to succeed in our career. However, success isn’t automatic. In many cases, there are things holding us back from achieving the success that we want and deserve, and it’s incumbent upon all of us to identify those blocks and do whatever we can to remove them. Here’s a look at three such factors, and ways that we can overcome them to achieve our dreams.
Lack of Confidence
Confidence is required for success in the business world. This is for many reasons. People are attracted to others who appear confident and inspire confidence in others. No one wants to follow leaders who are mealy-mouthed or seem unsure, as these people appear untrustworthy or unreliable. Confidence comes from honest introspection and by internally addressing your own insecurities, as well as building support from those around you. Do what you can to find supportive friends, and eject those from your social circle who make you question yourself.
Poor Mental Health
Unfortunately, one in five Americans actively suffers from some sort of mental illness. Mental illnesses can place barriers in front of career success, as it can harm your ability to achieve positive results and make it harder for you to be successful. Trauma is especially harmful, and telling your story can have many benefits for you and others.
Thankfully, numerous studies show that people with mental illness can overcome their various disorders and still achieve significant success. If you suffer from some sort of mental illness, seek professional help, either in the form of medication or therapy. You can absolutely learn to live with or defeat your mental illness.
Avoiding Your Boss
Every one of us has weaknesses and areas we need to improve upon, but very few people actually have the ego strength necessary to seek an honest feedback session and try to implement interpersonal change. Don’t let that be you. Even if it’s not time for your annual evaluation, talk with your supervisor and see if they would be willing to give you a personal improvement plan. Not only will this allow you to learn more about your weaknesses, but it will impress your supervisor for them to see that you want to be better at work.
Stumbling blocks are sure to come across your path, but they do not have to be permanent. With hard work and effort, it is highly possible for you to be successful in your career.
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