Self-Trust is the Key to Get Ahead in Your Career

Success Self TrustBy Barbara Seifert, Ph. D., CPC

Getting ahead in one’s career, which is not just if you work in an organization, should be the aim for all of us. Whether you own your own business, are a contractor, a stay-at-home-parent, or work a 9-5 job, your focus should be on moving up and getting ahead. Basically, this just means that you are not content with staying where you are and are continuously making improvements in your interests, skills and abilities. This is how you will have more fulfillment and satisfaction, which then leads to higher levels of satisfaction and performance.

But why is it that some people, when faced with the possibility of a promotion or some type of advancement, suddenly become fearful and falter in making a move? To me, it is because they do not trust themselves enough to go after what they truly want; they allow their self-doubt to take over and stop in their tracks. This is the level they are at when they seek out my services – unclear, unsure and stuck. Through the process of exploration, it becomes clear quickly of the depth of their skills and talents which are apparent to me but, sadly, not to them. They have somehow allowed their negative thoughts and fears to overtake their desires and their belief in themselves which is what is holding them back and from taking advantage of opportunities that are there for the taking.

It seems that human nature, i.e. our brains, have this way of staying stuck in what we ‘know’ – we believe negative things we have heard or seen and internalize them; we tend to compare ourselves to others and see their skills and abilities but not our own. Being self-aware and having self-trust would not only alter brain functions but would lead to higher levels of motivation and performance; one would feel more confident and be willing to take risks to set and achieve both personal and professional goals.

In order to become more self-trusting, here are 3 steps you can take:


Uncovering your greatness, i.e. your skills, talents, knowledge, abilities, etc. is a major factor in increasing one’s self-confidence which is necessity to self-trust. Review instances how these have helped you throughout your personal and your professional life to ‘show’ yourself that you have pushed forward in the past and can do so again when needed.

Stop Negative Self-Talk

When those A.N.T.’s (Automatic Negative Thoughts) arise, you must work hard to stop them and then challenge their truth; you cannot predict or control an outcome from the past or the future so why waste time and energy on them. When you want to berate yourself, ask if you would talk that way to someone else – if not, then why would to yourself?

Visualize Success

Using the power of your visualizations can make dreams and aspirations come true. ‘See’ yourself in a situation you may be struggling with, going through the steps but with only positive outcomes, as this helps you to embrace challenges but with the knowledge that you can overcome them. You can now attract the very things you may be rejecting and can start trusting the most important person – YOU!

“Self-trust is the first secret of success. So believe in and trust yourself.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Dr. Barbara Seifert, CPC is the President of Committed to Your Success Coaching & Consulting in Orlando, Florida. She works with small business owners & solopreneurs who want to achieve measurable and life-long improvements in their performance so they can make more money, have greater satisfaction and achieve personal and professional success. She also coaches in organizations to enhance employee engagement, to blend the generations through understanding individual differences, and for leadership development. Dr. Seifert is an adjunct professor, a certified professional coach, a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner and a Certified Law of Attraction coach. She has appeared on TV, radio, and print and coaches at national conventions..  She is a Premier Career, Business & Executive Coach for the American Society of Training & Development. She is a co-author of the newly released book, Contagious Optimism” ( and writes for several online publications. You can learn more by visiting and Your Career Success Blog at, which was rated as one of the Top 100 Life Coaching Blogs to Follow in 2013.

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