Inadequacy is the root of low self-esteem. It is all about the standards and expectations we set for ourselves. We’re our worst critics. Other people don’t expect as much of us than we do of ourselves. It’s one big mind game. And to win over this game, I have some tips on how to outsmart yourself out of inadequacy.
- Believe in yourself. You are your greatest sidekick.
- Take in all the advice your friends give you. If they are your real friends, they will let you know what they think about you. Don’t set their comments aside. It might help you improve yourself.
- Know your strengths and embrace them. Take time to develop those traits.
- Don’t be envious of others can do. Everyone is a unique individual. Do not set aside your own strengths.
- Open yourself to the difference between suffering and failure. This is how we learn. Never forget that you are only a human being that is prone to committing mistake.
- Record your improvement and give some credit to yourself. Look back and see your progress. This will be rewarding.
Procrastination is an act where we delay something until we cram because the deadline is dangerously close to us. Some procrastinators enjoy this rush because somehow beating the deadline gives them a sense of adrenaline to get things done. You now have a body full of energy. Your focus is now undivided. And most of all, you can work for hours without getting tired or drained.
But with aside from the adrenaline rush and focus, WHY DO WE REALLY PROCRASTINATE? What makes us loiter on our responsibilities instead of moving forward to settle things?
Below are some of the few reasons why we procrastinate. (Based from experience)
- Focused on doing something else and not the given task.
We are always trying to avoid doing something we don’t want. We find it unpleasant rather than fun. However, delaying the task won’t make it disappear.
- Dumbfounded by the task at hand.
We are lost as to what to do, how to do it, why we need to do it and what’s in it for us? Since we are left clueless, we are always tempted not to do it because it is so much easier. We perceive that procrastinating is a quick form of relief.
There are some of us who were considered as bad organizers. We tend to wait for the last minute before starting the task. We always think that we work well under pressure but to be honest, we’re not. We lax because the deadline is still far. We always overlook at the consequences because we don’t want too much work pressure.
Below are some tips that you need to heed to achieve career growth.
- Sustain yourself but don’t let your passion die.
Find the balance between being practical and finding your passion. You can pursue your passion while holding down a full-time job that pays the bills. If you have enough money and courage to pursue your passion full-time, trust your gut and take the leap!
- Exercise Tarzan-mode with caution.
You know how Tarzan swings from one rope to another? You can do this when it comes to your career. It doesn’t hurt to keep your options open, especially when you feel you’ve outgrown or exhausted your current job. But make sure you don’t get derailed from your current responsibilities.
In whatever job you land, do it with everything you’ve got. A strong work ethic is always attractive to employers and bosses, and something you can cultivate. This will show whether you’re content with stapling paper or driven to write something big.
GO BEYOND WORK
It will be a major leap if you and your boss share the same interests. There are more things that you can talk about other than just work. This is integral in creating trust between you and your boss. (Don’t over do it. Never pretend you like something same as your boss. Let it come naturally.)
GET THINGS DONE
Being able to deliver what is asked from you and being able to manage your boss’ expectations– those are the things that will keep you in the clear. Doing more that what is required from you is a safe bet for getting on his or her good side. (Don’t over do it. Don’t do something beyond your expertise.)
KEEP IT PROFESSIONAL
Don’t take things personally. There will be times you can get in an argument with your boss because of work but at the end of the day, you have to make sure that when you leave the office, it’s clear to both of you that it is just work and nothing personal. (Don’t over do it. Avoid posting your frustrations about work in your social media accounts. It is between you and your boss. Not everyone should know about this.)