When was the last time someone told you he or she was done growing as a professional? My guess is never.

That’s because everyone is looking to improve somehow, and in that respect, insecurities can be useful in motivating us to grow. But, when your self-doubt is setting you back instead of contributing to your progress, that’s when things need to change.

Here are nine common workplace insecurities, and how to approach them accordingly.

  1. As a general note, trying to understand what causes insecurity could really help you work toward resolving the negative feeling. (Psychology Today)

  2. If the income differences between you and your peers are causing you stress, rest assured there are plenty of ways to navigate those sticky financial situations. (Forbes)

  3. When those body insecurities start following you into the office, remind yourself that you’re valued for what work you can bring to the table, not your physical looks. (Health Guidance)

  4. If you feel as though your social skills could use some sharpening, or you just want to be more friendly at work, the fix can be as simple as smiling more. (Entrepreneur)

  5. Are you an older employee who never seems to forget it? The good news is: You bring a lot of life experience to the table. And you can take measures to stay relevant and up-to-date among your co-workers. (Business Insider)

  6. When you notice yourself envying a colleague’s success, working toward overcoming that jealousy is essential to fostering a healthy office community. (Lifehacker)

  7. If you’re constantly feeling like your peers are smarter than you, keep in mind that you wouldn’t have been hired if you were seriously behind them. Plus, you have a lot to gain from being a part of such an experienced team. (Inc.)

  8. Second-guessing your leadership skills? Not everyone is born a natural leader, but patience, practice, and self-reflection can help you pinpoint how to become a better one. (The John Maxwell Company)

  9. And finally, be sure to ask yourself this: Is my insecurity something I actually need to work on, or is it just a bad case of imposter syndrome at play? Knowing the difference could save you a lot of grief for next time. (The Daily Muse)


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