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Everyone has to start somewhere, even those who inspire you on a daily basis. They may look like that have ‘it’ together now. But there are mistakes we’re all guilty of making if you’re wondering what mistakes you might be making that are holding you back, read on. Change your habits, change your life!
1. Being too focused on the long term
We’re big fans of having a long term goal in mind but don’t become so focused on the future you forget the present. Stay flexible and understand that sometimes plans change. Do this and you’ll be able to spot the opportunities change brings rather than feeling thrown off course or like a failure.
2. Undervaluing your time
The market is tough and it always will be so it’s no wonder we’re all always looking to prove our worth. Especially at the start of a career! However, if you don’t set clear boundaries about your work commitments or expectations you may find yourself under appreciating your time. If you undervalue your time you invite everyone else to do so too. Learn to work smarter not harder.
3. Not negotiating salary
We get it, talking about money is terrifying. You’re happy enough to just have the job, maybe you should scrap the salary talk and just hope they guess you feel you’re worth more. You are worth what you believe you are worth. Go into interviews with an expectation and a list of reasons why you are worth at least that amount. If you don’t take the lead on your finances you leave yourself open to missed opportunities and wasted potential which serve no one, least of all you.
4. Waiting for the right time/role/position
This isn’t how it works and judging by the fact you’re on a proactive, empowering website right now, deep down you know this. You are the creator and author of your own destiny and if you are serious about landing your dream role you know that it isn’t going to just fall into your lap.
5. Being afraid of failure
It totally sucks when you screw up but here’s the secret: everyone does! Failing does not make you a failure no matter how many times you do it. It makes you tenacious, persistent, inspiring and most of all, human! Learn how to handle setbacks with grace early in your career and you will see how every mistake is actually a lesson in disguise, even the ones in this article. There will be moments with curled toes and sweaty palms but every success is all the sweeter when truly earned.
6. Not Believing in yourself
We’re all subject to self-doubt and the inner critic telling you you’re a fraud. But you can choose to believe the voice or to believe in yourself. Get up, dress up and show up every day believing you are already in the position of your dreams and your positive mindset will reflect in your positive actions. You’ll be CEO before you know it!