Approval and validation are good things. We like them. BUT we can like them a little too much. Here's what I mean...
When you decide it is time to go for more at work, whether it's the promotion, the raise, or more responsibilities it's nice to have validation. It feels good when you're hearing that you should go for more. Encouragement is not a bad thing. BUT it can turn into a bad thing if you think you need it.
If instead of figuring out what you need to do in order to get that promotion or the raise, you instead begin to ask if others think you're capable. If you want to be successful and confident, you're going to need to abandon that kind of thinking and replace it with something much more helpful.
When talking to your supervisor about this new role, swap out the need for validation and begin to look at who you are and what you're capable of. Don't ask if someone else thinks you can do it. A better phrase to use is, "what do I need to do to get there?"
Stop asking for validation and permission to do it.
Of course, you can ask for help, and you can even ask management to set you in the right direction or provide you with resources. But don't ask anyone what they think you're capable of. You can do it. You're capable. Start asking what is needed to get there.
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