Christmas may be over, but it’s time to give another gift. A gift to yourself.

You’ll need to channel Santa’s generous spirit and the receptiveness and excitement of a small child, as this powerful gift will transform your attitude, energy, and career potential. If you can give and receive this gift, you can make 2016 your best ever year.

Ready to unwrap it? Read on…

From my perspective, one of the biggest problems I solve for my customers is promoting their skills and potential, so they don’t personally feel they are bragging. Having someone else write about you can absolve you of responsibility for the words, and boost your confidence by verifying the content.

Much as I’m grateful for and enjoy my work, it saddens me that this reticence or lack of confidence is holding these lovely people back. When others praise you, you become more. At school, the subjects I excelled at were those where the teacher believed in me, recognised my abilities and potential, and expected me to achieve. Imagine the potential you could unleash by turning on a positive inner loudspeaker, recognising your strengths and urging you to become more, to try more, to achieve more.

Many recognise that bigging up their professional skills and strengths is necessary, but few want to make the mental shift to voice and own the self-praise. For many it feels unnatural, uncomfortable, and impossible. For some, it goes against childhood warnings of ‘showing off’ and the embarrassment of having no logical comeback (other than ‘I’m not!’). This assumes that others will frown upon and criticise their brazen self-confidence, that they will catch whispers of “Who does she think she is?”

Yet, isn’t there something to be said for knowing who you are and having the kahunas to say it? Wouldn’t it be refreshing to lay claim to your strengths and use them to your professional advantage?

Fear of bragging assumes that the world at large is totally focused on how you present yourself, that your audience is waiting to catch you out, to challenge your statements as if they know you better. In reality, that same audience is more focused on their own path and challenges, rather than aiming to contradict your assertions.

Think of it another way. A confident presentation of your offering is far more helpful to the reader than publishing wishy-washy, lacklustre career materials. Once the words are out there, they will be interpreted according to the reader’s needs. Clearly explain what you can offer, how you can help, and the reader won’t be thinking about how your words affect you – they’ll be thinking about how you can solve their problems, how you can meet their needs. Get over yourself. It’s not about you, it’s about them.

So, it’s time to unwrap your gift.

Put those reservations and fears out of your mind and embrace the possibility of your words. They can influence how you are perceived, they can transform your self-worth, and they can shape your future.

This is the most generous gift you can give and, if you are ready to receive it, can have a huge impact on your mindset, positioning you for untold success.

Give yourself permission to recognise and voice your strengths, skills, and potential, then practice complimenting yourself, in your thoughts and in your written word.

Here are some prompts to start you off:

I am……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

My professional purpose is to……………………………………………………………………………….

The problem I solve for others is………………………………………………………………………………..

I am unique because……………………………………………………………………………………………

My biggest professional accomplishment is………………………………………………………………..

I am known for……………………………………………………………………………………………………

I am qualified to help my target employer because………………………………………………….

I do my job better than others because I………………………………………………………………..

I am often told that I am……………………………………………………………………………………….

I make a difference by…………………………………………………………………………………………

Others envy my…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

My strengths are………………………………………………………………………………………………..

I have been good at………………………… for as long as I can remember, even as a child.

I have applied myself to develop my skills in……………….with great benefit to my career.

I am getting better and better at……………………………………………………………………………

I am proud of myself for……………………………………………………………………………………….

………………………………………………………………………..is what gets me up in the morning.

I overcame……………………………………to…………………………………………………………………

 

The role of inner champion may seem awkward at first, but with practice, this positive inner dialogue should become more natural. Once you have yourself onside, the next brave step is to build up your CV, LinkedIn profile, and other career marketing materials, using them as a springboard for future growth.


Lis McGuire

Lis McGuire

Lis McGuire is a professional CV writer at Giraffe CVs. She has 15 years of experience gained delivering interview-winning CVs and cover letters for professionals at all levels, helping individuals to stand out from the crowd in a highly competitive job market.
Lis McGuire
Lis McGuire