7 Ways To Tap Into Your Personal Power And Find Success

7 Ways To Tap Into Your Personal Power And Find Success

via Thrive Global by Bryan Robinson

“For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much—just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work—to make us feel that we are not okay.”—Tara Brach, Ph.D.

Feeling deficient at work can throw us into a cycle of career disappointments, which in turn lower our self-worth. On the flip side, high self-worth increases job engagement, beefs up productivity and performance and improves relationships with coworkers. A body of research shows that the value we place on ourselves has a direct link to job performance and career advancement. But sometimes we get so focused on building our careers, we overlook this inner fuel—our self-worth—that propels us up the career ladder. Employees who value their worth tend to have better focus and make better leaders because they trust their judgment. They make sound decisions in such matters as assuming autonomy on projects, managing teams, hiring and promoting personnel and overall communication with colleagues.

In a recent study conducted by Skynova, 92% of people who said they were highly satisfied with their jobs also had a positive attitude towards themselves, versus just 53% of those with low job satisfaction. Other key findings from this survey of 1,019 people revealed how their personal and professional lives intersect on an emotional level and how work is connected to self-worth:

  • 40% of unemployed people report low self-esteem, compared to 28% of those employed full-time.
  • Over eight in 10 people believe that a good career is an important aspect of self-esteem.
  • 92% of professionals say performing well at work positively impacts their self-esteem, while two in three with high self-worth reported work-related negativity rarely impacts their personal lives.
  • People with high self-esteem also reported higher satisfaction with individual components of work, including work tasks (88%), coworkers (87%) and work-life balance (83%).
  • People exceeding expectations in their jobs (77%) were more likely to report having high self-worth.
  • No one who reported missing their performance expectations said they had high self-esteem.
  • 78% said performing poorly at work negatively impacted their self-esteem, in addition to their mood and mental health (79%), interpersonal interactions (62%), and home life overall (58%); whereas, being good at a job positively impacted mood and mental health (90%), interpersonal interactions (84%), and home life overall (82%).

7 Tips To Beef Up Your Self-Worth And Build Your Career:

Practice positive self-talk. Talking to yourself in a positive way might sound odd, but it’s not. Well established science has shown that first-name self-talk—the positive way you speak to someone else, referring to yourself by name instead of as “I”—is a self-regulatory mechanism that creates psychological distance from negative thoughts. When you do this, the negative voice isn’t the only story you tell yourself. Once you engage this way in dialogue with your inner critic, you start to recognize your self-worth and have more self-value…

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