By: Marissa Carnahan
You spend countless hours ensuring that your work projects are primed for success. But what about you? Are you showing up as your best self?
I Am More Effective When I Take Breaks For Self-Care.
We all experience stress from time to time. But burnout is a whole different ball-game. If stress has overstayed its welcome, and before burnout shows up unannounced, it’s time to put your foot down and acknowledge the necessity of self-care. An excellent way to regularly practice self-care is to allow yourself breaks throughout the day.
Breaks aren’t lazy, selfish or counter-productive. In fact, sporadic breaks throughout the day give you the necessary time to recharge and come back to your work re-energized and more effective. Take those breaks—you deserve them.
I Am Motivated By Passion For My Job, Not The Desire To Prove My Worth.
Sometimes when we’re in the trenches of our careers, past the exhilarating beginnings, it can be easy to forget your original purpose that got you started in the first place. You can become hung-up on trying to prove your worth and impress those in your various circles. But when you place too much emphasis on others’ approval, it can dampen and diminish the quality of your work.
If you find yourself feeling stuck and unmotivated, check in with yourself and come back to your “why.” Why did you get into the work you’re doing? How does your “why” coincide with your passion for your work? This is an excellent way to re-center and empower yourself to jump back into your work with zest.
I Am Open To Learning From This Challenge.
Throughout your career, challenges will occasionally pop up and though they can sometimes feel impossible to navigate, there is one saving grace to all challenges: something can always be learned from them.
Remember that obstacles are something that we all encounter; but it’s how we deal with them that determines how one moves forward. Keeping your spirits up and remaining positive will allow you the clarity needed to overcome any challenge.
When examining the challenge and considering all possible solutions, look at the situation from every angle. Not only are you more likely to come up with the best solution for your current dilemma, careful brainstorming may even lead to some other significant breakthroughs for your work as a whole.
Always be mindful of what you can learn from challenges – take what you can from them, and then carry on with your best foot forward.
I Am Worthy.
Extensive evidence suggests that your thoughts manifest into your reality. When you convince yourself of any particular truths, your life (and how you perceive it) unfolds in conjunction with what you’ve already deemed accurate in your mind.
In light of this, it makes sense that when you feel down about yourself, it can feel almost impossible to feel self-assured of your abilities, and that self-doubt can show up in your work. Practicing positive and encouraging self-talk rewires how you feel about yourself. Fostering self-worth comes from within, by being mindful of your relationship with yourself. From keeping a journal of your accomplishments, to actively reframing any negative thoughts into constructive intentions, you can cultivate self-worthiness that will illuminate every area of your life.
Setting personal boundaries and firmly adhering to them is essential for promoting your mental health, and consequently how you show up for work. When you feel obligated to always give away your time and energy, you can easily stretch yourself too thin and your work can suffer. Learning to put boundaries on your time is an act of self-love.
I Am The Best Person For This Job.
Similar to recognizing your self-worth, feeling secure and confident in your career is all about fortifying a sense of self-confidence—and that’s an inside job.
Boosting yourself up isn’t a one-and-done project. Rather, it’s a daily practice that consistently reinforces your self-certainty that positions you to do your best, day after day.
If you’re feeling unsure or lacking the confidence needed to do your best work, reach out for help. Ask your colleagues for advice, or if they can offer any fresh perspectives on your current project.
Empower yourself by asking for new responsibilities, or taking a new approach to your current projects. Going above and beyond can also go a long way in reigniting that fire within you that enables you to do your best work.
My Job Is What I Do and I Do It Well—But It Is Not Who I Am.
When we define ourselves by our job title, we close ourselves in a box of limited growth. And when we close ourselves in that way, it can hinder our self-worth. If you’re not where you thought you’d be in your career, don’t fret. In fact, arm yourself with the truth that your current position is simply the vehicle to where you want to go next. That is, if you pause and re-evaluate what you want your career to look like, you can proactively learn new skills and widen your circle of connections now so that you’re better equipped to pivot down the road.
Leaning into your hobbies is another way to refresh your sense of self that has absolutely nothing to do with your work. Spending time on hobbies also makes it easier to leave your work, at work. When you bring your work home with you, you’re denying yourself the time to spend it on the things that matter the most to you.