“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” – Michael Forbes.
It’s easy to criticize ourselves than to list 5 qualities we like. Always comparing ourselves to others, we often feel insignificant. This is especially true for those working in hectic, stressful environments in the corporate sector.
Those who work in sales know how stressful it can be to cater to the needs of the organization, and finicky clients. Working late night shifts, dealing with angry customers, and competing against other colleagues makes us want to throw in the towel.
Everyone has at least one quality that makes them stand out. We tend to focus on our flaws than that one quality. Perhaps you’re someone who shows up to work, even if there’s a snowstorm. While you may consider this your ‘responsibility’, your managers will think of you as someone who is reliable.
Ways We Take Ourselves for Granted
There are several ways we take ourselves for granted, and most of the time, we’re not even aware. This is because people with strong work ethics use three ingredients: passion, resourcefulness, and initiative. For such people, it’s difficult to imagine working any other way.
However, your colleagues may not see it that way. They may have their own way of working. It is often our passion for working that gets the best of us.
While it’s not necessarily a bad thing, internally driven professionals aim for perfection. Working overtime, putting in extra effort, and comparing ourselves to others. These are some of the ways we take ourselves for granted.
The Step to Appreciating What You Bring to the Table
Often times, we’re so blinded by our goals that we forget that one important thing: appreciating ourselves. Yes, your colleague may have won ‘Employee of the Month’ but that does not mean you don’t contribute anything.
You may be good at things that are valued in your workplace, but you’re unaware. For example, if you’re incredibly organized, you may think you’re a neat freak. However, to your manager, you have your goals set, and you’re focused on achieving them. You have everything planned properly.
Ask a trusted colleague what their opinion of you is. They will be able to give you some insight. Don’t take any negative points to heart. Instead, use them to improve yourself professionally.
Do you overwork yourself? Perhaps you need to manage your time effectively. Do you compare your achievements to others? Everyone is different, so focus on your strengths. Of course, everyone is different, and it will take time to improve. But through determination, you will be able to achieve this.
Also, whenever you get compliments, ask the individual to elaborate. You will be surprised how people think of you as a valuable resource. After all, you’ll never know what makes you different if you don’t know why people appreciate you in the first place.
Bill Wooditch is a corporate keynote speaker. He uses his experience to help inspire and motivate those in the corporate sector. Bill has helped many entrepreneurs and salespersons realize their dreams through intellectual enhancement.
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