I was talking with some folks this week that mentioned they occasionally have doubt whether they belong in the career position they’re currently in, which they both enjoy. It’s interesting to me how often we doubt our own abilities. Especially when we’re actually doing, and enjoy, the very thing we doubt we can do. Seems kind of funny when you think about that way.
Usually, it’s our own thoughts that cause us to doubt our abilities. Thought like:
- I’m not smart enough
- I haven’t been doing this very long
- I feel like an imposter
- Other people could do a much better job than I can
- And a zillion other self-defeating thoughts.
Here’s a bit of encouragement for all of us when we begin to doubt our abilities in what we’re doing.
- You are currently doing it
- You enjoy doing it
- You are actively learning and applying yourself to get better…
Then you’re just the right person to be doing what you’re doing.
It’s as simple as that. Sure, you need a basic level of competence. However, there is nowhere that states we’re required to be the smartest person, or to have all the answers before we can hold a position or offer our skills to the world. If you hold a position that you enjoy, and are learning and growing in it, then you belong there.
Now that that’s settled, ditch the doubt and move forward, offering your best to what you do. The world needs what you have to offer.