I would love to think that I am confident and feeling great about my abilities all the time. But I know better. Some days are better than others. Self-doubt creeps in to my head on occasion, even though I try to fight it with positive thoughts.
The power of other people’s words and actions can be life-changing for those who need a little pick-me-up from time to time.
Early in my career, I was floundering in a very demanding role making little money. Self-doubt crept in and I was wondering what I was doing there. One day I heard from a colleague that my boss told him I was doing a great job. When I heard that, I felt fantastic. His simple comment changed my perspective going forward.
A couple of weeks ago, I was having a bit of a rough go, and spent a few minutes looking at my LinkedIn profile. I decided to take a quick scroll through recommendations that people gave me. This one grabbed my eyeballs instantly:
“Loyal. Passionate. Dedicated. Motivated. These are only a few of the many adjectives that I could use to describe Tim as both an individual and business colleague. I have saved the best for last, though, in that I must comment on the man’s integrity. I have had the pleasure of knowing Tim for 30+ yrs now, and must say that in all that time I have yet to come across another individual who displays the consistency of actions, values, measures and principles that Tim does. Tim’s value system is unparalleled. I am truly humbled to be able to call him a friend and colleague.”
What a way to change my week in 30 seconds! These words from a close friend reminded me that I can do whatever I want. I am going to print it and put on my office wall for a constant reminder.
- What is the best thing that a family member, colleague or friend has ever said about you? Would love if you shared your thoughts here.
Never underestimate the power that your words you can give others to help get them back on track, or keep them on track.
To all my American followers / friends – Have an incredible Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time to reflect, recharge and be with those you love.