Stop Undermining Yourself at Work

There comes a time when during an employee’s career, he or she will soon experience failure. And when that time comes, almost always, the person comes out of the experience traumatized. Some of those failures keep on compounding and eventually follow oneself to the workplace. So there are some people eventually work with a low self-esteem or a low regard for oneself. This causes the person to essentially undermine themselves and their capabilities. This eventually produces a low self-image regarding the employee’s abilities.

This particular form of self-sabotage does nothing but take away from the productivity that you may be able to do at the workplace. It also takes away the potential that you have because of the negativity that you are feeding yourself. But the most devastating effect of undermining oneself is that your co-workers, colleagues, customers as well as superiors now have the opportunity to think less of you as an individual and a professional.

Here are some tips on how to overcome your negative and pessimistic behavior. By doing these things, you will be able to identify and address your limiting behaviors and beliefs and ultimately pull yourself out of the rut that you are in  the long run.

First, you need to determine what it is you’re falling into. If you are always dwelling on the negative, if you always try to keep an internal dialogue about how your colleagues see you in a bad light or just thinking about something bad, you should be aware of what you’re doing. If however you’re always succumbing to constant bad work habits such as procrastination or sloppy work you should recognize that you need to correct these bad work habits and that these cannot stay with you at all lest your performance and potential be ruined in the long run.

Secondly, you should commit to yourself that you’re going to improve. This means that you should be doing whatever it takes for you to be freed from these particular limiting behaviors. If you need to step back to rethink your beliefs regarding yourself or the work environment, then by all means, do so. If you are overcome with the struggle to procrastinate, then you should always be mindful of the presence of that prevailing struggle and you should commit to be free of that as well as take the necessary concrete steps for you to be able to be a better employee.

These tips are designed to shed light onto the different things that pull you down as an efficient employee in your company. If you simply allow yourself to be overcome by your negativity or your inefficiency, one day your work will suffer and sooner or later, comments and feedback will come and overwhelm you. Sooner or later, you will eventually see that all that there will be left is a downtrodden you with no one left to blame the person in the mirror.


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