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Career Change Confidence The 5 Minute Career Coach August 2011
August 01, 2011
Helping Career Changers Around The World
Welcome to the August 2011 edition of The 5 Minute Career Coach.
What's in this Issue
I was at Joanna Martin's Presentation Profits Intensive a couple of weekends ago and wow, was she right – a really intensive weekend.
But great fun and packed with amazing content. This lady really knows her stuff, so if you are interested in moving your presentation skills into a different league (and
earning some money doing so), do check out her Shift Speaker training.
I met loads of interesting people at the event and got talking to one in particular, Debbie Williams, an NLP trainer & hypnotherapist, about the whole issue of why people don't change career. What is it that makes them stay stuck in a job that is soul destroying? We came to the conclusion, that it is often a lack of confidence that lies at the heart of the matter, so I decided to focus this edition of the 5 Minute Career Coach on that very topic.
Confidence (or lack of it) is an issue that we all have to deal with from time to time. Don't imagine that those people who look supremely confident from the outside don't have their wobbly moments too!
So wherever you place yourself on the confidence scale, scroll on down and learn a bit more. And I will certainly be listening to one of Debbie's confidence CDs before I implement some of the
learning from Joey Martin's Presentation Profits Intensive!
With best wishes
Finding the Confidence to Change
Is the one big barrier between you and your new career a sense of doubt in your ability to really achieve it? Is it lack of confidence that stops you from stepping up and making the changes you know you really need to make?
Then it is time to take a closer look at the whole confidence issue and to tackle it head on.
So what is confidence?
It is not something fixed like your height or eye colour, but rather a quality that is shaped over time as a result of the experiences you have in life and the decisions you make about those experiences. What decision
did you make?
I am not clever? I never see things through? I need the approval of others? If I get things wrong it is a disaster?
These are typical beliefs that many of us carry round with us, often never actually put into words, but because they are there, they shape our thoughts and actions. The real danger with these hidden core beliefs is that if you don't dig down and expose them, they operate at a subtle level and prevent you from even attempting anything that might prove them wrong.
So the great thing about understanding that your particular level of confidence is something that you have acquired is that it means you don't have to be permanently burdened by it, but instead can work to change it.
Becoming more confident
A small stretch every day
Acknowledge your successes
Learn to laugh at the negative voice
Fall down seven times, get up eight
Slow and steady
If you practise these strategies consistently over a period of time, you will definitely notice a difference.
Something To Think About
"Whether you think you can or you think you can't you are probably right"
Super Confidence: Simple Steps to Build Self-Assurance
This is one of my favourite books on confidence as it is simple, straightforward and practical. Gael Lindenfield is one of the UK's leading personal development trainers and in this little book she offers a range of tips, techniques and exercises to help you to develop your confidence.
The book helps you understand more about the nature of confidence and then goes on to show how understanding yourself better will help to grow your self esteem. It also has particular chapters on assertiveness, communication and dealing with anger and criticism.
you prefer to read and do exercises at your own pace, then I strongly recommend this book.
And if there are books, websites and other resources that have inspired you and that you would like to recommend, there is a place for you to do so on that page.
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