The next time you feel that you’ve royally messed something up at work, avoid self-flagellation and think about what you can learn from it. Don’t interpret setbacks as “I’m not cut out for this challenge.” Instead, tell yourself, “I haven’t yet developed the required capabilities for it.” Framing the setback this way will not only help your self-esteem but also allow you to candidly reflect on what went well and what didn’t. Those insights will help you set challenging learning goals and experiment with alternate strategies. You can make sure you stay in learning mode by worrying less about demonstrating your ability to perform certain tasks and focusing more on your development. When taking on a new challenge, ask yourself, “Am I in learning mode right now?” The question will prime you to stay open to what you can discover, rather than diagnosing your inadequacies.
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1/30/2019 12:19:11 am
Hi! I have gone back and forth on this very issue, and I believe that for myself, my own personal business should be kept apart from my professional career AND those who are in charge of me. There's a lot on my Facebook that's public, so if they're so inclined they can look for themselves, but the more personal and private side of me I'd like to keep that way. Much less room for malicious office gossip and less likelihood I'll be called in to explain something from my social media page that might be considered questionable if I never allow them to become "friends" in the first place. It may be that the industry I work in is more geared to "wholesome" sounding character in those who work in this field since I care for children as young as two years old and younger. It looks horrible to bosses if I have pictures of drinking or less acceptable stuff since it might reflect badly on my work performance. Plus I'm just an incredibly private person to begin with. I've made a couple Facebook connections to coworkers, but I won't go further than that because I value my privacy too much.
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