Do you often feel like something bad is going to happen to you at work? Have you changed jobs because of this negative belief but the feeling still lingers? Do you think you are a fraud in your job? Do you feel that you are not good enough in your role?
If you say yes to these questions, you may be self-sabotaging your career. Sad but true, I have known plenty of my former colleagues who will knowingly sabotage their own career.
You may deny this but down below are the things you need to know about it and why you need to break out from it.
What factors may cause you to self-sabotage your career?
When we talk about self-sabotage, it means that you are pushing for something positive but you end up doing the worst thing you can do. Sometimes, we don’t mean to do it, but our subconscious often drives us to do things we don’t want without us knowing.
Here are some factors you need to consider when it comes to self-sabotaging your career:
We are always scared to fail, especially if the task before you is important and many people depend on you. As a result, we are afraid to jump into challenges and think out of the box. If we have failed before, the fear increases further.
If you are not confident with your skills, you may find yourself not pushing for things that is good for you. You push yourself down even if you are indeed capable of doing the job. You will end up pushing away opportunities and promotions.
If you are unhappy with your job, it does influence your outlook. You will think negativity even though things are looking good for you. You carry with you a heavy burden of negativity and unhappiness on your shoulders until it weigh you down and you no longer feel any desire to improve your situation.
How to Stop Self-sabotage?
It is crucial that you stop self-sabotage when you realise that your outlook is pushing you down. Here are some things you can do to stop self-sabotaging your career:
Know your mindset
If you want to understand how you are self-sabotaging your career, you need to understand how you are doing it.
Ask yourself if you are thinking too much on the negative things you have done, relying too much on bad work habits or listening to negative assumptions.
Write all the negative thoughts you may have on paper so you can review it later on.
Change your mindset
Once you know what is affecting your mind and causing you to self-sabotage yourself, it’s time to change it.
You need to know that there is room for improvement and your behaviours can affect you professionally. Remember, change doesn’t happen overnight but it can happen eventually if you put your heart and mind to it.
Your mood will affect how you view your tasks, your body language and even your tone of voice when you talk to your colleagues.
Find a better workplace
If you think your workplace is not inspiring you to do well, maybe it’s time to find a new workplace. Especially if your current workplace is a toxic one.
Look for a workplace that matches your goals and personality. Some workplaces may offer the flexibility or opportunities you need to succeed in your chosen career.
If you are unable to change your workplace, look within your company to switch departments or teams. It may take longer to grant your wish but at least, you are putting action in motion.
Change your work ethic
If you tend to fall on bad work habits, you should change your work ethic. Schedule your tasks wisely and set deadlines you can work on.
Aim to get toughest tasks completed early in the morning when you are the freshest and leave the easy tasks at the afternoons when you have the least energy and focus.
For those negative thoughts that won’t go away, you can seek the help of a mentor or a therapist to go past these problems. They can help you understand how you can get rid of these negative thoughts and focus on positive goals.
Our outlook towards work can influence how well we can move forward. If we tend to undermine our efforts, it will definitely cause us to fail. But, if we recognise our negative outlook and change it, we can definitely improve our performance and learn to love our work.
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