5 Toxic Thoughts Hindering You From Career Advancement

Don't let prevalent myths get in the way of professional success

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We all have thoughts that run through our minds that may not be so positive. And some of us hold on to negative myths that we believe to be true. These thoughts are hindering growth and affecting the way we see ourselves and our value in the job market.

Check out a couple of toxic beliefs that you should shy away from and how you can reverse the affects of these thoughts:

“Everyone will think I’m crazy.”

Even if you’re excited about your business idea, it’s easy to get bogged down in fears about what “everyone” will think about your decision to strike out on your own as an entrepreneur. We don’t want to be seen as ungrateful or foolish for leaving “stable” corporate work in an uncertain economy.

It’s good to respect the opinions of your family, friends and mentors, but you may encounter advice that’s overly discouraging. When this happens to me, I return to this mantra: I am the only one who lives in my skin. I trust my instincts.

“I can’t start over.”

If you’ve been in the corporate world for a while, you’ve probably developed valuable skills and some respect from peers. Leaving this behind for a new venture puts you back at the beginner’s stage—but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Instead of seeing this career change as a step backward, try thinking of it as step forward into the mindset that comes with a new beginning. It sounds easier said than done, but cultivating a beginner’s mind will increase the depth and pace of your learning and make the process more fun and exciting. Starting over gives you the opportunity to move forward without preconceived expectations or residual cynicism. It’s refreshing.

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