Have you ever felt small and insignificant, unsure of yourself? Were you afraid that your voice would not be heard, and your opinion would not matter? Were you concerned that your idea would be considered unreasonable, your dream belittled, and your actions would be minimized?
We all have these occasional doubts about ourselves. However, at times there is also this one ‘special’ person in our life who keeps criticizing us, who devalues our goals, or who seems to be pushing back to everything we say. Eventually, our self-esteem suffers, and we feel diminished and irrelevant.
First of all, try to limit the interaction with those nay-sayers as much as you can. Feedback at work is valuable and important, but it needs to be constructive feedback. Otherwise, it’s not beneficial. Sometimes we are not aware of our own habits or limitations, and it is helpful if someone points them out. But personal growth needs to be encouraged in a kind and respectful way.
Secondly, believe in yourself! Keep speaking up, continue to contribute, follow through with your suggestions, put your plans into actions. Persist. No matter how small you feel, you can make a difference. Sooner or later you will be noticed.
Like the mosquito in your bedroom.
Wishing you a great week recognizing your true importance!