Carol Chan is a writer for BUILT BY GIRLS, which prepares the next generation of female and non-binary leaders to step into their power and break into their careers. WAVE is the backbone of BUILT BY GIRLS: it’s a 1:1 matching program that connects high school and college students with top tech professionals across the country. For more information and to sign up check out builtbygirls.com.
No matter where you are in your career or how much money you make, you will likely experience imposter syndrome and self-doubt. Holding yourself to unbreakable self-confidence is already a high expectation, but layering a challenging situation on top of it sounds straight-up exhausting!
We are in a global pandemic and it’s completely normal to not be operating at 100%. (Honestly, most of us aren’t.)
Everyone copes differently in challenging situations — some will channel their energy into work while others will need to switch up their routines. Rather than having unbreakable confidence, it’s about having the courage to show up despite everything that holds us back.
Here are three tips on how to push forward when you don’t feel great about what’s ahead or when nothing is going according to plan.
1. Document your moments of pride
When we’re down on ourselves, we tend to forget all the things that make us amazing. The next time you experience a small confidence boost like landing an interview, receiving positive feedback from a manager, or getting a shoutout from a teammate, write it down. Reflect on how it made you feel and consider including the exact message to make it even more concrete.
2. Be proactive about creating small wins
Our confidence takes a hit when we feel like we’re not making progress. To combat this, you can set attainable action items that get you closer to your ultimate goal. If you’re job searching, secure informational interviews with people at your dream company. If you want more tactical experience to put on your resume, you could consider volunteer or pro bono work.
3. Share your doubt with others
Feelings of burnout or inadequacy hinder us from reaching our full potential. We’re the most isolated when we think we’re the only ones feeling the way we do. When we decide to share these feelings with people in our circle, we’ll find that we’re not alone and it opens up space for more real, honest conversations about work.
You are capable of handling and overcoming any crisis or challenge — not because you’re unbreakable but because you’re a tough individual with the will to persevere and persist!
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