8 Strategies to Rebuild Confidence after a Career Setback
Career setbacks can shatter your self-confidence and make it difficult to stay positive. Luckily, however, they don’t have to ruin you or your career. You can rebuild your confidence again and get your career back on track.
Follow these strategies:
1. Put things in perspective. Experiencing a setback is often painful. Learning how to cope with the challenge and quickly recover is affected by your perspective. When I encounter a setback I try to refrain from having an extended pity party. That’s achieved by putting the entire situation in perspective. What is the worse that can happen after this setback? There are examples around us every day describing someone’s setback that far exceeds our own. Focus on helping others get through their setbacks and you will realize that your life is not so bad after all.
2. Remember the successes in your life. A setback doesn’t define your entire life. Your life has multiple aspects beyond work, so it’s important to acknowledge and appreciate them. Analyze the successes in other parts of your life or consider past wins. This would be a great time to start a gratitude journal. Write down things that you are grateful to have in your life.
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3. Learn from your experience. Setbacks provide a valuable learning opportunity and the chance to reevaluate your career. John C. Maxwell teaches, “Recognizing your own part in your failing, seeking solutions (no matter how painful), and working hard to put them into place is teach-ability in action.” The difference between wealthy people and non-wealthy people are the number of setbacks experienced. Don’t be afraid of setbacks; expect they will come at some point. Stay focused on continuing to learn and move forward.
4. Stop worrying about what others think - If we were not so concerned about what others think, we would recover from a setback in record time. This goes back to “keeping up with the Jones.” We all have our own path to travel. On that path is greatness. Focus on your path and not others. Avoid isolation and seek out your friends. Isolation can make positive thinking more difficult.
5. Adjust to change – Change is certain to happen. Embrace change and see how it fits in with your continued growth path.
6. Develop your skills - Developing your skills will help increase your self-confidence. “An open mind is the beginning of self-discovery and growth. We can’t learn anything new until we can admit that we don’t already know everything.” – Erwin G. Hall
Michael Jordan was not a success overnight. He did not make his high school varsity basketball team his sophomore year. He didn’t give up; he became a master at practicing his craft. During an interview with ESPN, Michael Jordan stated, all of his practices, became competition for him. Therefore, when it was game time, it felt natural because he had already done it in practice. Kobe Bryant won’t stop practicing until he reaches 400 shots and trains for at least 4 hours a day and longer in the offseason. This is why the debate exists as to whether Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan is known as the top player in NBA history.
7. Take small risks to boost your confidence. Try a new project and get a small win. Small wins help boost your confidence. Small wins can help launch you into momentum if you keep going.
8. Turn a loss into a gain - Steve Jobs did not wake up and immediate have the success that you see with Apple today. In 1985, Jobs was removed from all operational duties of the company he co-founded, by the Board of Directors, and eventually resigned. That was clearly a setback for him. In 1997, Jobs accepted the position to become Apple’s interim CEO. We all know the history from here. Steve Jobs made Apple one of the most successful electronic companies in the world.