What if I'm not good enough at my job?

Mental Health
Career Advice
21 Oct 2022

Sometimes, the feeling that we are not good enough for our jobs is more common than most emotions. As tragic as it may seem, most often, these emotions are insecurities laughing at our faces. You might suspect that you are not good enough for your job. You may believe that if you were in the limelight, then you would surely fail.

There comes a time when you end up rotting your days and night, suspecting your capabilities and your own self. You might tirelessly comparing yourself to others. You wonder if you’re good enough, you have thoughts that question if you are doing well in your life if you are giving your all, and this list doesn’t seem to end. These things are meant to bring you down. It’s okay, you are human and such thoughts might slip into your head at times.

But what can you do?

We all have bad days and moments of self-doubt but here is how you can handle it well.

Believe it or not, but a lot of people think this way. A large number of people encounter this kind of self-doubt, which is also called imposter syndrome. People have these thoughts when a change happens—either they are starting a new job or planning on leaving their current one.

But, when these thoughts surface, there’s only a few things we must do first. First and foremost, relax. There’s no way you can identify if you are good or bad enough for your job based on these criteria. There’s no difference between you and others, it all comes down to facts whether you do your job correctly or not. When it comes to promotion rates, ability to become a leader, and performance scores, people who secretly worry they are incompetent, do just as well as their more confident peers.

Before you start to second-guess your abilities, try these steps to remind yourself that you’re alright and you can do this!

It’s okay to feel insecure

Even those you consider confident and are without doubt about their own abilities and how they handle responsibilities have doubts. Confidence does not come without doubt and insecurity. The true essence of confidence is being able to grow despite them.

Avoid comparison

It’s not a good thing to compare. We’re all aware of this, actually. So what happens when we do compare? Comparison is measuring our potential with others, and when we do that, we often end up comparing our failures to their successes–and of course, a gap will exist between the two. So, instead of concentrating on what someone else is doing, spend a few moments recording down three of your recent successes.

Talk, talk, talk

It’s always better to release some steam when we aren’t feeling too good about ourselves. It is believed that we’re better able to work through our own struggles better if we are aware that transition can be a bit harder than we gave it credit. So, talking about it allows us to hear our own insecurities. We can then battle them in a way that gives us verbal access to solving the problem.

And always remember, whenever life brings you down know that there’s always going to come a time when you can look up. Always climb the mountain because you want to see the world, not because you want the world to see you. This is the wisest thought that can come to your mind whenever you lose control of yourself. Try to find the way out of the depths of your own despair. And you will see you will soon have a good understanding of your life filled with success and compassion.

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