Quite often I give myself a hard time or not enough credit. I think it might be due to my background. Encouragement was not the usual education strategy when I was young. In contrast, my parents often used the neighbour’s kid as my role model. For example, he got better academic scores.
After I met my husband, I found the power of encouragement. It actually helps you to believe in yourself, feel better and improve yourself. And then, I realised the power of giving yourself credit.
Once you are comfortable about what you are doing, then you can do it well. The credit will build up and the positive circulation will start.
How much credit do you give to yourself?
I have accepted a senior position recently. It’s very exciting. However, I am very nervous.
I assume it is common among young women who are on the way up the corporate ladder. We are just not confident enough. We don’t doubt our capabilities but we are concerned about what other people think. It is almost like we need someone to hold our hands, pat our heads and say you will be fine.
I think we should learn how to be confident without consulting unnecessary support. It is ok to step up within our capacity. It is ok to say to yourself that you are ready, because we know we ARE! We don’t have to receive everyone’s acknowledgement before we reach out. Sometimes, just take it as a ride and you know you will survive!
But, always appreciate the support along the way from family and friends. You know you won’t make it without them.