Self-Esteem Is the Key to Professional Advancement

Self-Esteem Is the Key to Professional Advancement

If you are constantly feeling inadequate at the office, how could you reach a level of self-esteem that can help you with your professional growth? Let's examine what potentially causes this low opinion of self, and from there, find steps that you can do in order to improve your self-esteem at the workplace.

First, you may need to understand what self-esteem is all about. Self-esteem, defined simply is how you see yourself. It is a composite of the image you have created of yourself, your opinions about your strengths and weaknesses, your beliefs and how you define yourself. We often radiate our own images of ourselves to others through the messages we send when we interact with other people. These messages may be explicit or may be non-verbal messages that people perceive. If we have such a low opinion of ourselves, chances are, other people will have the same.


What Causes Low Self-Esteem?

This is quite a complicated question, because the answers would differ from one person to the next. Low self-esteem may be caused by the pre-conditioning that we received when we were younger, from people whom we looked at as authorities- our parents, our teachers, our supervisors, etc. It can also stem from not being able to reach our goals when we were younger, or not getting enough motivation from people who have much influence on our lives. Often, it may be caused by constantly comparing ourselves to others, and seeing ourselves inferior from them. There are also deep-seated issues that can affect a person's self-esteem; a person who suffered from abuse early on in life would often have to struggle with feelings of guilt, fear and anger.

What You Can Do To Improve Your Self-Esteem

At the workplace especially, the need for improving your self-esteem is so evident, because it is the key to your professional success. Here are some suggestions on how you can work on your self-esteem at the workplace, although you can also apply most of these steps in your relationships:

1. Know that you are not alone. You are not the only one who suffers from low self-esteem. There are also people who try to cover up their insecurities by bullying or putting airs on others.

2. Remember your achievements, cheer yourself on and do not dwell on times when you had performed below your own or somebody else's expectations.

3. Go the extra mile. Volunteer to do tasks, and do your best in performing them. Feel good about your achievements, no matter how small they may be.

4. Create some new challenges for yourself. Make yourself indispensable and show that you are someone who is reliable and an important member of the team.

5. Have a sincere interest with your job and the people you work with. This is not only essential for building your own self-esteem, but also building camaraderie and harmony among your fellow office workers. Look at your co-workers as team mates, not as competitors. Stop comparing yourself with others, but simply see that each person has his or her own strengths and weaknesses.

Self-esteem at the workplace can help you progress from an insignificant person to someone who can be trusted to do well on assigned tasks. Do an honest sincere analysis on how you can improve your own image of yourself and see other's image of you improve as well.

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Comments 5 comments

Eve 6 years ago

I love that bit about cheer yourself on. We are so bad at giving ourselves a pat on the back and should we dear others then consider us self serving and big headed. If we all encouraged each other to appreciate our abilities more that would make a big difference to self esteem issues. I welcome the opportunity to say well done to others and to myself!

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yvembig 6 years ago from Somerset Author

I agree Eve, there does seem to be an issue when it comes to congratulating oneself on a job well done and others are too quick to pass judgement. I believe too much time is spent being concerned with what others think instead of focusing on being our 'authentic self'. That might be based on our need/desire to be liked but acknowledging one's abilities is a great confidence booster and helps build self esteem. Know your worth and embrace it!

Chelsea 6 years ago

As early as five years old, we have already formed our Life Sentences - the way we see ourselves - for example if we see ourselves as intelligent, as smart, as charming and the like. Our parents have done a lot of molding with regards to our self-esteem. But as adults, we can't blame them if in any case we have issues of low self-esteem. It's now in our hands to re-define our definition of ourselves and start having positive affirmations. If we see ourselves on the bright side, chances are our self-esteem is high too.

Shaira 6 years ago

I know that nobody is indispensable. Still it's worth our while to be the best we can be. It's not good to settle for mediocrity or second best. I think to whom much is given much is desired and God will certainly not like it if we don't put our talents to good use.

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sunkentreasure 4 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA


Let your determination

be so strong that nothing

can sway its course.

Let your mind believe

so intensely that your dreams

become reality.

Let your actions be rich

with enthusiasm that it moves

the hearts of all.

Let your life be filled

with greater purpose

To reach Higher

To think bigger

To love deeper

than you've ever done before!

© Bernard Levine

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