By Lisa Osiako
Have you ever felt like something was holding you back at work? Are you struggling to reach the career goals you set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
What is holding you back? Are you your own enemy?
John (not his real name), got a lucrative Accounting job in a popular multinational company, after two years of job searching. He was so excited about this job and was looking forward to applying his skills and earning a good salary.
However, one thing that he forgot to put under check was his attitude. As he reported to his new job, he was so focused on getting his hands on the job that he failed to even respond to greetings and welcome messages from his new colleagues. Even when his supervisor was taking him around for introduction John just mumbled a “thank you”, making most of the staff feel surprised about his cold and withdrawn nature.
It didn’t take long before colleagues in the department started complaining about his meanness, lack of team effort, and antisocial behavior. Eventually, John realized that he had to change his attitude if he was to go further in his career.
Truth is, mindset means a lot at work. The attitudes or beliefs you approach work with can shape how productive and effective you are – and impact the experience of work for you and your colleagues.
What then is the first step in silencing the negative and limiting beliefs you have? Well, it starts with recognizing them. Here are five attitudes that could be holding you back, at your place of work.
1. “I can’t do this.”
Have you been faced with a new task and challenge that has forced you to step outside your comfort zone?
It’s very natural to doubt yourself when attempting to tackle something that you are not used to. However, it is important that you push through and don’t give in to that self-defeating attitude.
Gather all the courage you can and give it a try. What’s the worst that could happen?
Don’t let your negative mindset be what prevents you from trying new things.
2. “Everybody here is better than me.”
Are you the newest member of your department? Are you the youngest employee in your company? Do you feel too inexperienced to be starting your own business now?
When I got promoted to a role after about a year of being in the company, I didn’t think I would be able to handle the challenges and tasks that came with the new position. I was young, I had only been in the company for a year – I second-guessed myself a lot. My bosses believed in me more than I did, and eventually, I was able to believe in myself and know that I had been selected for that role for a reason.
Regardless of your specific circumstances, do not put much thought into other people’s experiences and talents – or your perceived lack of your own.
You are in that position for a reason. You have a special set of skills and bring significant value to the table. Do not, therefore, fall into the trap of constantly matching yourself up against others.
3. “This is how I’ve always done this.”
While there is a lot of good that can come from having a reliable routine, you should not be stuck in your ways that you are not willing to make any adjustments.
With many individuals having had to work from home for the first time due to the ongoing pandemic, it has been necessary to adjust and make changes to still be productive.
Don’t be set in your habits that you have no flexibility to change necessary. Your work life is flexible, therefore, your approach occasionally needs to be as well.
4. “I don’t want to fail.”
Are you letting your fear of failure or rejection keep you from ever stretching and challenging yourself?
Nobody enjoys failure. No matter what, it stings.
Failure will never be exciting or something that you look forward to. However, even if you do end up missing the mark, you can rest with the knowledge that at least you put yourself out there and took a shot. Ultimately, that’s much better than never trying.
5. “I hate this.”
You need to dream big. If that means you planning to leave your current job and trying something else, even better! You are working toward a goal!
However, it’s important that you keep your attitude in check in the meantime. If your thoughts are constantly consumed by how much you hate your job, your co-workers, or your entire industry, you’re never going to be able to be your best self in the office.
By all means, look forward to bigger and better things to come! But, that is not synonymous with complaining about where you are now.
In the end,
Remember is to keep those limiting beliefs in check and recognize when they’re getting in your own way. Stay consciously aware of these five common negative attitudes, and you are sure to take steps in the right direction.