You might have heard the term your attitude determines your altitude. It’s a simple way of saying that what you think or believe either helps or hinders the results achieved.
When I have people approach me initially for help and support in taking their next career step, the conversation usually sounds something like this
“I want to get to the next level in my career but I don’t have the right experience, qualifications, knowledge and I lack confidence in myself.”
Hardly inspiring. Yet a lot more common than you might like to admit.
We all to a greater of lesser extent have a natural tendency to focus on what is missing rather than what we have to offer.
In accounting terms I would refer to it as a one sided balance sheet. All liabilities and no assets.
Of course we all know this is not reality. We all have strengths and all have things that perhaps we could do better.
We can all find others who on the face of it have all the things that we see ourselves deficient in. Chances are the people you are comparing yourself to are probably having the same conversation or struggle themselves.
Rather than focusing on what’s missing, start to focus on your strengths. Look at what you want to develop. Accept that you can only move forward.
The most important thing to remember is that it’s not about being the best copy of someone else but being the best version of you.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants and professionals achieve more career success. Learn more here
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.