Building your confidence, realising that you are great for so many different reasons, helps build strength in your plans. Having people in your community who help you feel your best self is SO important.
Read: Stef’s article about her feelings around perfectionism, feelings of failure and storytelling to change the narrative here
Take note of what this throws up for you. Make a note of the key points you will take away and consider any advice you hear in there, that might help you in the future.
Stop and Reflect:
What do you think about the words people used to describe you?
What do you think about these words? Mind map around these words to extend their meaning and begin to own what people have said about you. How do you feel about what they said? What does that word mean to you personally? Can you think of other words which extend their meaning?
Apply Your Thinking:
Head over to the Careers service website, and take this strength test…
LISTEN & Follow along witht his reflective activity:
Step 1 — List Every Aspect of Your Identity
Think about the phrase “I am _____.” Now, fill in the blank. Get out a piece of paper and write down every word that comes to mind. This should be a LONG list.
Go broad and include all kinds of things that make up your identity. When Keith does this exercise, he writes that he’s a trained economist, a father, gay, a dog owner, a Scrabble expert, a hoarder, a pencil maniac, and much more.
Our identities are composed of limitless aspects of ourselves, not just the pieces we bring to work. Make sure you document everything you feel you are.
Step 2 — Unveil Your Hidden Identities
Now think about which of these identities you tend to shelter or hide and which you bring into a work context. Highlight these on your list.
When you step into a new situation, for example meeting a new team or introducing yourself to a room of strangers, which identities do you hide?
How does the situation affect which aspects of yourself you bring forward and which you shelter?
As Keith says, you have all this richness about you, but by not sharing these different aspects of your identity with others you’re depriving the world of your full talents and your full self.
Apply Your Thinking:
Write a note to yourself in the future, reminding yourself of the things you have realised you keep hidden, give your future self some advice about how to embrace your whole self.
This task might seem frivolous, but helps to build on all the content we have been exploring so far. Be kind to yourself, show some future compassion and give yourself a pep talk! You never know when you might need it.
Building Confidence and Self-Belief to Thrive in Your Career
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- Grab yourself a blank piece of paper, and lets begin to outline your strengths!
- Identify your strengths and how you use them…
- Remind yourself of your 3 core beliefs and values
- Take an inventory of your key strengths
- Remind yourself how other people describe you
Check out F*ck Being Humble’s Founder, Stefanie Sword-Williams’ Instagram account, pay special attention to this post where she outlines how:
✨ Speaking my goals out loud and making actions towards it
✨ Consistently showing up and promoting across channels
✨ Delivering my work to the highest level (without knowing who is in the room)
✨ Persevering without seeing immediate results
Consider what you might be able to do, to get somewhere you want to be in the future. Its ok to acknowledge how you don’t have control of all your aims and goals, consider what you do have control over! (write this down)
Take some time here to acknowledge what you want to aim for, whether personal or professional, academic or social, by writing down and/or verbalising this aim to another person or wider audience, even just to yourself formally, you are developing personal accountability. The likelihood you will persevere with these goals grows just by undertaking this action.
Make your goals really relate to the things you love and care about, go back to your strengths and your core values here, this makes it RELATABLE and useful, it means you WANT to DO this stuff not just feel like you should or have to!
Feeling confident in your goals, ready to start sharing these widely? Log into LinkedIn or The Dots (or create an account and write a post about what you have learnt about yourself and what you are working on to achieve.