what is confidence?

Confidence can be hard to define….

In fact, each of us will have a slightly different perspective...

We are all individuals after all!

Read on for my perspective on what confidence is, and what it is not.

Do you agree?

 

Flexible and Remote Working

If Covid has taught us anything, it is that we cannot predict the future, and we need to appreciate what we have now. It has led many of us to reassess what is important, and particularly our work-life balance. It has also shown us how resilient and flexible we can be.

In the corporate world, I worked for 16 years as a part-time Project Manager, so that I could be around for my boys as much as possible.

What did I learn?

Assume good intentions

Sometimes other people's actions feel like they have a really big impact on us, and, if we perceive that impact as negative, we can spend a lot of energy asking ourselves things like:

Why did they do this to me?

Why don't they care?

Why are they so selfish?

Don't they know how much time this is going to take me / money this will cost me / other impact on me?

The reality, however, is that often people do things for themselves, without any thought about the impact it might have on others - certainly not with the intention of hurting others.

So how about saving yourself the energy and deciding to change your perspective:

Multi-tasking

Portfolio careers have been around for years, but the term is becoming increasingly prevalent.

You have a portfolio career when you have two or more different employment roles you perform alongside each other. These can be complementary to each other, or completely different, think

  • A part-time project manager and part-time coach, or
  • A journalist, copywriter and novelist, or
  • A coffee shop owner with an online cake business

There are many reasons for having a portfolio career and, as society moves away from "job for life" towards flexibility, regular job changes for challenge and development (for the employee) or cost control (employer), it seems likely they will become progressively more common.

Imposter Syndrome

"I don't belong here."

"I'm going to be found out."

"Everyone else is better than me."

"I can't do it."

"I did that but it was just luck."