Our Corporate Life
December 14, 2010   •   Volume 1, Issue 25   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
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In This Issue
♦  Feature Article: Self Confidence
Ask Amanda: I feel constantly behind at work and fear my boss is going to say something. What should I do?
♦  Practical Tips: Create Case Studies
Self Confidence

Many of the most accomplished executives are plagued with self-doubt. In fact, self-doubt can serve as a driver for their achievements as they constantly strive to be better, because at some level they believe they’re “not good enough.”

Our beliefs drive our behavior. If you believe you’re not good enough, eventually you will sabotage yourself to make your belief actually true. Rather than get to that point, there are a few things you can do to bring your Core Belief into alignment with reality.

First, identify what belief is driving you. Pay attention to your self-talk as well as to speech and behavior that others witness.
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Thought to Ponder Knowing is not doing.
Practical Tips: Create Case Studies

You’re probably aware of the “recency effect”—in which current successes/failures are more top-of-mind than ones in the past. This is true particularly when performance review time rolls around. Because current successes/failures are more readily recalled than older ones, they can paint an inaccurate picture of your overall performance. To combat this, consider creating case studies for yourself. Not only will you be able to articulate your successes more accurately to others, it can help you when you’re feeling down.
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 ask Amanda

I have so much to do and so little time that I am constantly behind at work. No one has said anything so far but I'm afraid my boss is going to call me on it. What should I do? D.R., Portland, OR

Amanda Mitchell

In your question I hear a “story” you’re telling yourself, namely, “I’m constantly behind.” Be careful with self-talk because it can become self-fulfilling and create unnecessary stress.

That said, “I have no time” is a common complaint and one that is becoming more prevalent as downsizing results in more work for fewer people. First, look at your deliverables.
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