Why believing in yourself is important


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Believing in yourself, self confidence and self esteem can be massive barriers to gaining and keeping employment.

For more information about how Pathway Group can help you with pre-employment training and confidence building please call: 0121 707 0550 or e-mail: info@pathwaygroup.co.uk

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Why believing in yourself is important

  1. 1. Why Believing in Yourself is Important
  2. 2. Sometimes it is easy to get trapped in a cycle of putting yourself down. However it isn’t good for you, your future or others around you and breaking the habit is important!
  3. 3. Self-esteem and confidence can have a major impact on your ability to find a job and then to keep it so here is our guide to overcoming negative self-esteem and confidence issues and to start believing in yourself.
  4. 4. Studies say that the five people who you interact with the most will have the most effect on you, how you act towards others and deal with life. If you know that there are people around you who only bring you down and stop you from achieving as you should, cut them out. It might sound harsh but you need to do this for yourself. It might look like you are loosing friends but its the only way to change yourself so that you can attract new, encouraging friends. Stay away from people who bring you down
  5. 5. Don’t believe it Sometimes we can get into a cycle of putting ourselves down. It might be something that you have developed from childhood or from always being told that you aren’t good enough in school or by friends, family or other people. These things can have lasting effects and sometimes we don’t even realise it at first. DON’T BELIEVE in the negative things. No-one has the right to tell you that you are beneath them so just don’t listen to it. We know that it is harder than it sounds but every time someone puts you down make a conscience decision not to let it affect you and let it go.
  6. 6. If people start to say something enough we will start to think it and speak it over ourselves. This isn’t right. Start to bring yourself up on it when you say things that aren’t positive about yourself. Ban commonly used phrases such as ‘I’m stupid’, ‘I’ve always been dumb’, and ‘I’m ugly’ ‘I’m fat’ etc, etc. If you say these things into your life you are just reinforcing them. Stop it! Stop saying it
  7. 7. To get something back you need to give it. Giving encouragement can often go against our nature however it is important that you get into a cycle of building others up. People like to be around others who make them feel good. This is not to say that you should go overboard and suck up to people because no-one likes that but just saying that you appreciate something someone has done or that they did a good job can go a long way. Be encouraging
  8. 8. Sometimes the hardest obstacle is admitting that you put yourself down or ‘enjoying’ the habit. We all get used to habits and sometimes cutting a habit can feel strange and so you give up because you don’t feel yourself. However bad habits are bad habits for a reason so you have to come to a point where you want to make an active decision every day to break the habit. Want to change
  9. 9. Say encouraging phrases to yourself This might feel a bit strange at first however it is important to changing your attitude towards yourself. Write down a list of things that you like about yourself; this could be something about your personality , looks, how you act to other etc. Then think about things that people have complimented you on in the past. • Is there a theme to these compliments? • Do you believe them or do you throw them away as soon as someone says them?
  10. 10. Say encouraging phrases to yourself We are more critical of ourselves then others and don’t want to seem egotistical so it may take you a while but it is important to remember compliments. Identify any negative thoughts in both sections that you think about yourself and take some time to reflect on why you think these things. It may be something that some has said in the past, something you have done that you have never forgiven yourself for etc.
  11. 11. It is important that you identify these things so that you can move on. Perhaps write a list of things that have been said to you and that you have said about yourself then rip it up or burn it. This will help you to overcome the negative emotions and is a fresh start. Say encouraging phrases to yourself
  12. 12. Once you have done both of these things remind yourself of the new positive things during the day. Maybe write a note about how you are great and leave it somewhere you will see it or have a picture of yourself and write positive words around yourself. Do whatever feels most natural; just make sure that it is positive. Within a few days you will hopefully notice a difference in the way that you respond to compliments and your self-esteem/confidence. Say encouraging phrases to yourself
  13. 13. Remember these things take time. Don’t worry if you find it hard or don’t notice a difference at first, these things take time however know that the most important thing is that you have identified it and you are doing something about it. Finally,
  14. 14. If you think confidence and self-esteem might be a barrier to you or someone you know gaining employment please talk to our Pathway2work team. They are professionals who can help you overcome a multitude of barriers to you gaining employment. Call: 0121 707 0550 E-mail: info@pathwaygroup.co.uk For More Information