When I look back on my business career, sometimes I get down on myself. I remember situations that I could have handled better, and been more effective, if I didn’t suffer from such severe anxiety.
I remember a meeting I had with the accounting department staff when I was CFO. In this executive position I didn’t meet with these staff members very often—they were more likely to interact with the Accounting Manager or Controller. There must have been an important bit of news for me to assemble them and make a presentation.
I remember feeling very nervous before and during this meeting. I was having a bad day.
Yet, when I’ve allowed myself to think more about this particular meeting, I’m also quite sure I did the best I could. In my career I always tried to be empathic, human and honest in my encounters with staff, and so I’m pretty sure this particular meeting was no exception. I probably did much better than I give myself credit for.
No matter what your shortcomings—and we all have them—you also probably don’t give yourself enough credit for doing your best. Whether you consider yourself lacking in energy, patience, experience, or whatever, it doesn’t mean you are not valuable and strong. Let’s all value ourselves for persevering, day in and day out, despite our flaws. We deserve it.