Have you lost confidence in your professional ability after years in the workplace? Do you feel like a failure in your current job? Do you blame yourself for not performing better, not living up to others’ expectations?
You might be suffering from a toxic work culture where managers:
- Consistently diminish your contributions – instead of leveraging your strengths, developing your talents, and facilitating your success
- Crush your creativity and passion
- Demand super-human work hours in the futile pursuit of keeping up
So, you’re left feeling burned out, disheartened, and worst of all, questioning yourself.
You may have realized that you need to find a healthier work culture by changing jobs – or perhaps even your career field. But, how do you embark on this journey with a positive mindset after you’ve been beaten down? How do you start believing in yourself again?
It’s time to reclaim your past career success. What have you already achieved in your career? How did you do it? And, what impact did it have? Do this by documenting your success history. If you enjoy writing, use a story format for each career success. If you struggle with writing, simply list bullet points. Either way, for each success be sure to cover:
- The problem you solved
- How you solved it
- The strengths (innate talents) and skills (acquired abilities) you used
- The results you got
- Positive feedback you received
Try to remember as many success stories as possible. Doing this will boost your confidence, provide rich material to update your resume and LinkedIn profile, and generate powerful talking points for networking and job interviews.
Your success stories may have gotten so deeply buried that you’ve forgotten about them. Or, you may find it challenging to articulate your former success because you’ve just taken it for granted. If so, enlist help from a trusted colleague, former manager, career coach, mentor, or therapist who can guide you to uncover your past success by asking targeted, probing questions.
With your success history top of mind, you can move forward with greater confidence, purpose, and assertiveness to land a job where you will thrive.