3 Things That Could Be Holding Your Career Back

Even though you’ve tried everything you can think of to move ahead in your career, you may be stifling your own progress. You might be entirely fed up with the same old routine, but you just don’t know how to do it, and this can make it even harder to think of ways to move forward. In order to advance, you need to identify and address the issues that are preventing you from doing so; they might be much simpler to deal with than you thought.

No Confidence 

If you lack self-confidence, you’ll have a hard time progressing in your professional life. You can see a job ad or a promotion opportunity and decide not to apply because you know (or think you know) you won’t get it. So in your mind, there is no use in trying. Or you have the opportunity to demonstrate your worth and make an important decision, but you lack the courage to do so, and someone else has to step in. Or you want to talk to your employer about a raise or additional responsibilities, but you just can’t bring yourself to do it. Then you’re left wondering why nothing has changed. When it comes to progressing forward in your career, confidence is essential; if you have self-confidence, your employers are more likely to notice it and be confident that you can perform the job.

Too Much Procrastination 

It’s healthy to daydream every now and again. It helps in securing your goals and keeping things going in the proper direction. However, your career will suffer if you do it too much. If you’re always looking for something else to do, or if you convince yourself it’s not the perfect time to try anything new, you won’t go very far. Procrastination is dangerous in this regard. 

The problem is that if you’re waiting for the right time, that right time may never come. Therefore, you need to try to come back to the present and make these decisions without putting them off. You’ll be far more likely to succeed if you’re willing to take a risk and go for it.

Not Taking A Chance 

It’s possible that you saw a job advertisement and liked the sound of it. However, it is out in the countryside, and the specifics state that you would need a vehicle to get there. You don’t apply because you don’t have a car, even though the job is ideal for you. But wouldn’t it be preferable to apply and then wait and see what happens? If you are called for an interview, ask your friends for a favor and either borrow a vehicle or ask for a ride. Call a cab. Just show up and do your best. Even if you don’t get the job, you tried. 

The same is true if the job would mean you had to relocate. If you really don’t want to move, then don’t apply, but if you think you might, it’s worth trying for the job. And in fact, it might be the best thing you could ever do – you could benefit from the tax incentives or a great new lifestyle, and you’ll have the change of career you were looking for. It’s always worth taking a chance. 

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