Whether you're an employee or entrepreneur, you need to be your own advocate throughout your entire career. With humility, you can keep your accomplishments and skills front and center. If there's an opportunity that sounds perfect for you, don't wait to be recognized, ask for that prestigious assignment. Keep the following in mind: if you don't promote your own achievements or ask for what you deserve, you can be sure that no one else will do it for you either.
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4. Using passive, weak language
The words we use in everyday casual conversations can have a powerful impact on our psyche and how we're perceived. This means you need to be mindful that your language isn't standing in the way of your success. Passive words like "want," "try," and "should" are weak words that don't exude confidence or success.
For example, consider the striking difference between "I want to start a business" and "I will start a business." Or, "I should set up a meeting" and "I will set up a meeting."
Catch yourself whenever you use passive words and instantly rephrase the sentence with powerful, strong language. And if your goal is to start your own business, start calling yourself an entrepreneur right away. You'll be amazed at the effect it has on you and others.
There's always time to change
If any of these four sabotage scenarios sounds familiar, don't beat yourself up about it. You're far from alone. Just as you have the power to propel yourself forward, you also have the power to hold yourself back. The key is to recognize the patterns of self-sabotage and finally get out of the way of your own career success.
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