Understand. Travelling along the roads of the corporate world is not always pleasant. For there aren't many levelled paths, and worst --sometimes they are all dark.
How disheartening it is to feel that everything will be just the same or anything, but for the better -- especially for business professionals who have been slightest by their managers, peers or people around them.
Returning to work would feel like walking alone in the midst of a dark forest glade. Boy! surely our spirit would be low and fear would seize us like a little worm in the mouth of an eagle. Our only hope would be that we could see even just a tiny little glow somewhere: a flicker of candle to light up our way in the dark.
In a real world, in this new year, in the midst of never ending corporate's political intrigues and fights for success -- what do we need then?
Confidence. That’s what we need.
Confidence that springs from within. Not the kind of confidence because we own the best tools in the whole office or because we know some influential people that will always stand by us -- these are external. They come and go.
What we need is a string of confidence that springs from within: How to build such confidence?
Well, nothing is too difficult if we know how to appreciate everything around us. In facing any situation, first things first, whether as an individual or a leader of a team, know where we are going and what is expected of us (and our team).
Then prepare. Prepare well: research, study, ask people around or Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), etc -- so that we know how: How to do or deliver the work to the best of our ability --never hesitate to go beyond what have been asked of us.
Worry not the final result. Focus only what we need to do now. Believe we can do it. Season always the work we do -- the opportunity given to us-- with a sense of thankfulness: take it as an opportunity to grow and for this reason we are thankful.
Aim to impress no one. Finally, it is easy to be confident when we don’t need to impress anyone. Start from here -- this is how the inner confidence begins to grow and glow like a candle in the dark. And stay focused on doing the good work -- always, and always!
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