Q: Despite how well I'm doing at work (good reviews, praise from my boss), I still worry that I'll be fired. How can I feel more confident?
A: I doubt you deserve to get fired-you seem very conscientious! These days, it's natural to be concerned about job security, but I sense the real issue here is a conviction that nothing you do is good enough. Challenge this misguided belief by evaluating your work rationally: Every time your faith in yourself falters, recall a recent success (the stellar presentation you pulled off, for example). The key to building confidence is to be able to reassure yourself rather than rely on outside praise. Also, reflecting on the things besides your job that bring you joy will make it easier to keep work in perspective.
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By Catherine Birndorf, M.D.
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