When you’re feeling doubtful about your skills and worthiness, don’t give in to the temptation to run and hide. Instead, take the age-old advice and “fake it ‘till you make it.” While it’s great to be honest about how you’re feeling, you don’t want to start a new job by letting everyone know you’re feeling unworthy.
In an age of endless possibilities and major FOMO, it’s no surprise that so many millennials experience career anxiety. Data shows that millennials experience anxiety more than older generations: 30% of millennials reported experiencing anxiety, compared to 25% of baby boomers and 26% of Generation X.
As is the case with any bully, our inner critics need to be stood up to, firmly and honestly.You need to stare down the bully with disconfirming information that squarely refutes the most tantalizing self-doubts. Here are some of the more common ploys used by our inner critic bullies, and how to fight back.