The word confidence has been derived from the Latin word “confidentia” which literally means “to have full trust or reliance in oneself”. Self-confidence is an attitude which allows one to have positive yet realistic view of oneself and the situations surrounding such as person. Let us now proceed to discuss the need and tips for maintaining self confidence in case of loss of job.
Introduction to Self Confidence
Self-confidence can also be described as the faith in one’s abilities even in the worst of times. Self-confident people trust their own abilities, have a general sense of control in their lives, and believe that they will be able to do what they desire, plan, and expect. Having self-confidence does not have a blanket meaning that you will be able to do everything. Self-confident people have realistic expectations. They continue to maintain a positive attitude and self acceptance even when some of their expectations are not met.
Why Self Confidence is important?
Lack of self-confidence is characterized by self- doubt, anxiety, passivity, submissiveness, nervousness, over-conformity, isolation, sensitivity to criticism, distrust, and feelings of inferiority. If you do not have self-confidence, what you do will not yield the desired results.
Therefore, Self-confidence is more important than many other abilities and traits. It is a phenomenal strength. It integrates the powers of body with the mind and focuses them towards the achievement of your goals..
Those who are not self-confident depend excessively on the approval of others in order to feel good about themselves. They tend to avoid taking risks because of the fear of failure. Their expectations are low and they generally do not expect to be successful. They often put themselves down and do not know how to accept compliments. By contrast, self-confident people are willing to risk the disapproval of others and fear of failure does not haunt them. They tend to accept themselves; they are not driven by the approval or acceptance of others.
Relevance of Self Confidence in case of threat to Job or Loss of Job
We are living today in a very dynamic era and an era of uncertainty. The pace of change is mind boggling and it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep pace with change. Therefore, in our career, we are bound to face challenging circumstances off and on. Hence the behavior trait of self confidence has become far more relevant in the present times than it ever was.
When you find yourself facing a challenging situation, self-confidence is the first step to help you rise to the occasion and respond to the situation. Today many are finding themselves at crossroads suddenly due to job loss for one reason or the other. Acquisition, merger, company closure, closure of certain product or service line, company shifting place of operation, restructuring etc are some of the common reasons for job loss, besides unacceptable performance level. Under such circumstances maintaining confidence and continuing to stand on firm ground is very important for finding appropriate employment avenues.
Job loss situation is the time for lows and highs, some people feel it is a roller coaster ride. We will now discuss some strategies to maintain self-confidence and sail through the situation successfully when one comes across such a challenging situation in life.
How to develop and maintain self confidence in case of threat to career
Here are a few easy and proven steps:
Please remember that change is one of the fundamental laws of nature and your situation will also change. No situation remains constant for long. Do not panic. Your life is not ending, it is changing. This change may lead to a better work situation.
Consider this as an opportunity
Consider this situation as a career transition, career improvement, career development opportunity. This thought will help you to maintain a positive attitude and save you from slipping into the constellation of anxiety, tension, worry, sleeplessness, irritability and an overall negative outlook.
Be easy on yourself
This can happen to anyone – and has happened to many people. Take care of your physical, mental and emotional health. Do pleasurable things and do what you need to do handle the stress.
Take positive steps to remove the fear of failure.
Do you find yourself less enterprising now than before? Are you feeling embarrassed to approach friends for help, thinking that they may make fun of you? Are you scared to contact Recruitments Consultants or face job interviews fearing that you may not be found suitable for the job? This is fear of failure, which can slowly turn every strength into a weakness; every talent into a liability.
If this is so then you need to take immediate action. Please refer to How to Overcome Fear of Failure
Keep yourself busy, stay in the moment
Pursue your hobbies and participate in constructive activities. Do the things you wanted to do but didn’t have time for. Do not isolate yourself. Look around you – how many people you know who have faced similar challenge. Talk to them and find out how they worked through such a situation.
Refrain from criticizing
Do not criticize your former company, boss or colleagues – especially when you are talking to prospective employers or other contacts. This will always work against you because it raises questions about your ability to deal with difficult situations.
Do not fall prey to victim mentality
Identify your successes. Everyone is good at something, so discover the things at which you excel, then focus on your talents. Take pride in your successes and express gratitude to God for the same. Inferiority is a state of mind in which you’ve declared yourself a victim. Do not fall prey to victim mentality and do not allow yourself to be victimized. Be thankful for what you have. A lot of the times the root of lack of confidence is a feeling of not having enough of something – good luck, money etc. By acknowledging and appreciating what you do have, you can combat any negative feelings and be at peace with yourself. Finding that inner peace will do wonders for your confidence.
Do not keep your job search a secret
Share your situation and your job search with your family and those close to you. The more secretive you are, the harder it will be for anyone to assist you. On the other hand do not announce it to everyone. Take your time, prepare your communication strategy and then talk to people whose help you are planning to take for your job search. With a communication strategy and composure you will be more effective in your job search process.
Consider job search a project
Think of yourself having a new job now rather than being jobless. Your new job is managing your job search project, and it is a very important step in your career development. It will use all of your skills and experience – and it may be an opportunity to develop new ones.
List down your strengths
Make a comprehensive detailed list of your strengths, competencies and accomplishments. List down your likes and what are you good at. This list will help you to think about what all types of jobs you can do and what types of opportunities may be available in the environment. This list will also throw some light on any glaring skill/ competence gaps which you may have. Use this time to develop the desired skills/ competencies. This is also part of the preparation you have to do for your job interviews.
Be thankful for what you have
A lot of the times, at the root of insecurity and lack of confidence is a feeling of not having enough of something, whether it’s emotional support, good luck, friends’ network, money, etc. By acknowledging and appreciating what you do have, you can combat any negative feelings or limiting emotions. Finding that inner peace will do wonders for your confidence.
Rehearse a positive outcome
Before any job interview or meeting, rehearse a positive outcome. Visualization is a very powerful technique. Visualization of positive outcomes helps to materialize positive things in your life. This is a powerful tool to Maintain Self Confidence in Case of Loss of Job.
Dress up well as if you are still going to office. Dressing well makes you feel good about yourself.
Along the same lines as personal appearance, physical fitness has a huge effect on self confidence. If you are out of shape, you will feel insecure and less energetic. By working out you improve your physical appearance, energize yourself and maintain high energy level.
Do meditation in the morning and at night for about half an hour daily. Meditation helps the intellect to tap into intuition. Meditation helps under all circumstances. It helps to develop calmness, peace and inner strength. Lot of ideas to deal with your challenge come to the mind during meditation.
Follow the above strategies to Maintaining Self Confidence in Case of Loss of Job and manage your job search process systematically. Additionally you may take the help of a career coach if you feel the need.
Author: Indu Wadwha
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