The 5 Self-limiting Beliefs that May Be Messing with Your Career Progression
You know those thoughts that you think every single day?
Those ideas, and even the ones you don’t think and just let float around somewhere in your consciousness, all end up governing your actions.
They can be quite superficial and easy to identify, such as ‘I need to improve my skills in order to progress at work’ or ‘I want to cultivate a good relationship with all my coworkers.’
Others, however, can silently infiltrate our belief system and be quite tricky to identify.
Often, these are the ones that end up governing our actions for years and influencing our behaviour more than our mothers could ever hope to.
In order to nurture our well-being, it’s good for us to revisit the beliefs that we harbour and make sure that they fulfil these two crucial points: that they are both true and helping you grow.
Consider this a spring clean for your mind.
Have a look at the following beliefs that you may be entertaining in the ballroom of your mind and make a decision to either change up the dancing steps or waltz them away through the back door...
Belief No. 1: I can't PR myself.
Belief No. 2: My opinion doesn’t matter (as much as theirs).
This is probably one of the beliefs that you wouldn’t overtly think, but that make their presence felt through your actions.
If in meetings with your peers you’re creative, engaging and in the zone, then what prevents you from acting in the same way in a meeting with your superiors?
Most of us get that mental block, that overly thick filter that ends up stopping most of our ideas in their tracks. Try and identify that kind of negative self-talk in meetings - override it and be amazed by how much more engaging you’ll be.
Belief No. 3: I shouldn’t be myself at work.
Daryll, our Director of Human Technology, always says this really fun and true thing: “When people get to work and they swipe their cards, they don’t also stop being human!”
It’s so accurate - and yet we can’t stop acting like it isn’t. When we walk into the office or meetings, we sometimes automatically go into this strange ‘Business Mode’ and turn into a C-suite version of the ‘Terminator’ whose first casualty is our true personality.
We see others as directors, managers, executives, C-something-Os etc. and forget that they are human. Try and go into your next meeting thinking that the people in the room are your old friends - see the surprise on their face and revel in the heightened energy.
Belief No. 4: I made a mistake, therefore I am a failure.
Having a growth mindset is one of the most important things in your development both professionally and personally.
Martin Seligman has done a lot of work about this, effectively proving that the way in which we rationalise what happens to us has more of a psychological effect than the thing itself.
This is a massive realisation, because when you understand the fact that one mistake does not threaten your entire credibility as a professional, when you take the obstacles coming your way as necessary steps in achieving your goal, your attitude changes and you are more likely to engage in constructive courses of action.
Belief No. 5: I’m not good enough.
If self-limiting beliefs are that part of the family that you never really got along with, then Belief No. 5 is that distant aunt that keeps inviting them to the party. This one is the root of many of our self-limiting beliefs, as a perceived lack in ourselves can poison many aspects of our lives.
This one is usually deeply rooted, but bringing a gentle awareness to it without judging yourself can improve your overall well being and performance at work. Sometimes it’s not our skills, but our psychological mindset and our map of the world that affects our output.
These self-limiting beliefs are incredibly difficult to eliminate - but at the very least, starting to be cognizant of their presence and influence is a great beginning to lessening their effect.
At Lab, aided by our expertise in neuroscience marketing, we have fostered a deep-rooted belief (that we’ve put there consciously): self-awareness is a superpower. We’ve got a quick guide that can tell you how to incorporate this principle step-by-step and improve your interactions both at work and in your personal life.
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- Our skills and education undoubtedly have a significant impact on our careers, but our state of mind and psychology strongly influence us as well and shouldn't be overlooked;
- Most of us have self-limiting beliefs that influence our behaviour - the game is to identify them and consider which course of action is most favourable for us to undertake.