Episode #56: How To Gain Confidence In Your Career

Gain Confidence in Your Career

Hey There, thanks for tuning into the Confident Careerist Podcast. I’m your host Teena Evert Founder and CEO of CLAIM THE LEAD, and today I want to talk about some steps you can take to become Career Confident

If you didn’t listen to the last few episodes, you’d want to go back and check out

EP54— #1 Thing That Stops Ambitious Women From Success  

EP55— How to Break Up with Fear and Boost Your Confidence

In both of these episodes, I described 5 characteristics of a confident careerist

  1. Career-minded
  2. Focused on what you want
  3. Competent in your craft
  4. Evident in your intentions 
  5. Determined to make a positive difference in the lives of others and the world

On a scale of 1-10 (1 being very low and 10 being very high)

  • How confident are you in your career? 
  • On that same scale, how satisfied are you in your career? 
  • How are they different? 
  • Can you be confident and dissatisfied? 
  • Can you lack confidence and be satisfied? 

Ideally, I think we want to have a high level of confidence and satisfaction...but

What happens when you know you’re a talented individual, but you’re frustrated because you don’t feel like your work matters.

  • You’re not getting the recognition that you deserve in your role.
  • You don’t feel fulfilled—you might even be burned out. 
  • You feel stuck and don’t know what to do to change your situation.

Sound familiar? 

I’ve been there, and many of my clients have been there too. You’re not alone. 

Perhaps you’re career-minded, but you’re not focused on what you want; instead, you’re focused on what you don’t want. It’s the first thing that needs to change if you’re feeling stuck and want to get unstuck. 

When you focus only on the things that aren’t working for you and all the things that you don’t want, you end up digging yourself into a deeper rut. 

Instead, use the valuable information about what you don’t want—to reset your mindset and shift your focus to create a new path forward towards making a great living doing work you love. 

I’m typically motivated to ride my bike on the weekend, however, recently I wasn’t inspired to ride the familiar roads that I always ride on. So, I decided to explore some new routes, and this got me excited!

It required me to focus on something different, something new, and be okay with getting uncomfortable. Exploring unfamiliar roads can bring up some uncertainty about the level of difficulty, but it also challenged me to use my skills to navigate the unknown. It brought a fresh perspective and inspired a new route forward. 

So, although it might be easier to slip down the path of least resistance and keep riding the same roads or thinking the same thoughts, shift your mindset and perspective to focus on something new. Tap into your aspirations and allow this energy to begin lighting your way. 

Now, if you’re a talented and experienced professional, you probably have essential skills that you’re highly proficient at. And you also feel competence in the value that you bring to a company, right?

Are you also clear or evident in your purpose or intentions for work?

Why do you want to work? 

Our professional identity is an integral part of our role in society. You want to find meaningful and enjoyable work. You want the opportunity to make a great living, so you have financial security and a healthy work-life balance

When you can identify your unique why for working, you’ll have more clarity about your purpose. 

You’ll have great determination to succeed, and when you add to your determination a clear direction, you’re well on your way to paving a new path forward that will make a positive difference in the lives of others and the world.

It all leads to greater confidence in WHO you are, WHAT you do, and HOW you do it. 

Confidence aligned with authenticity leads to the freedom to create a life you want to live and have that career that lights you up…even on a Monday morning. 

Start today…take one step forward by focusing on what you want, not on what you don’t want. 

No matter how small, celebrate your accomplishments by acknowledging what you feel good about or are most proud of. What are your core competencies? 

Commit to being purposeful and take action to anchor your intention for work and or for change. 

Ask yourself, “What is the positive difference or impact that I want to make in the world?”

Until next time, 

Gain confidence in your career!