How to overcome inferiority complex at work:
Psychological aspects in Management revisited
A large number of readers have raised several issues on the articles
on “Psychological aspects in management” The following response may help
them to understand the issues fully.
“What is the most
important asset of a professional”
Apart from the knowledge skills and professional attitude, the most
important asset of a professional is his self image. You always create a
mental picture, a blueprint of yourself.
This blueprint determines how you act with other people. Before you
can find yourself acceptable to others, you must find yourself
acceptable to yourself. You must believe in yourself. You must be
confident about yourself. You must be self-confident.
Always keep your mind filled with personal and professional
vision, mission and goals. An empty mind will bring about mental
fatigue. Be proud of yourself. Cherish your uniqueness. Believe
in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. You can be free from
When your self-image is positive, constructive, dynamic and
confident, you will perform very well. You will be at your best. But
when this self-image is poor. Your performance will be poor. You will be
Hurt feelings and resentment will follow. You will then find it
difficult to get along with others - and with yourself. Your performance
will be very poor. Professionals should develop a positive self-image to
Can we really change?
Yes. You can if you can change your self - image. Your self-image is
your change agent.
Managers must have the desire to change. All managers should remember
that one thing common to all of them is the desire to excel, enhance and
move ahead. This is a goal common to all.
We must remember that this self-image doesn’t rule us; we rule it. It
is created by us. When it is created, we are guided and directed by it.
Every day is a day for improving your self-image. This is your first
daily goal of fulfilment when you get up in the morning and look at
yourself in the mirror. You must ask yourself “How can I shine well
today”. “How can I perform well today”.
“How can I impress others?” Visualize yourself achieving your goals.
You can change yourself for better. You can reshape your character,
conduct, behaviour and attitudes and redevelop your personality.
What do you mean by
“Worry should be a challenge?”
We all worry. But worry should be a challenge to stand up to our full
stature of dignity. Stress is part of work life and we must learn to
cope with it, not let it destroy us. We may not be able to solve
anything by worrying.
Worrying will create more problems. You may develop stress too.
There is other extra unnecessary stress that creates extra
unnecessary tensions, resentment and hatred. These feelings hurt most,
the one who feels them.
Our happiness mechanism is within us ready to work for us, if we
learn to communicate with ourselves first. We become a friend to
ourselves first, before we become a friend to other people.
Unhappiness prevents this glorious adventure in human fulfilment. It
is up to us to make it a practice for five minutes every day to have
pleasant ideas and memories, those fine feelings of usefulness and
kindness that make us part of the successful journey.
Remember your achievements. Have a list of your achievements. Always
remember your achievements. Forget about your failures.
Develop personal and professional vision, mission and goals for you.
Try to accomplish them. Keep yourself fully occupied.
What is the best way
to regain my confidence and overcome inferior feelings?
Confidence is an aspect of the success mechanism within you.
Inferiority feelings are also aspects of the failure mechanism within
you. No one can be successful at all times.
People who fail in an undertaking often refuse to forgive themselves
and keep harping on the mistake they made, believing that they should be
perfect. There is no perfect human being. A mistake should be a stimulus
for us to rise above.
Forget about inferiority feeling which is the result of poor
performance of yesterday. Live in the present and try to accomplish your
assignments well. You are neither inferior nor superior. You are capable
of making a mistake or breaking this mistake. When you try to reach your
goal think of the confidence of some past success and use this
confidence in your present assignments.
If you think of yesterday’s failure in the present, you will fail to
reach your goal because you can’t think positively with negative
feelings. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Think
of your successes, not your failures. You will develop self-confidence
and you will be a winner. You will be always a winner.
In your opinion, which emotion hurts
All negative feelings hurt in various degrees, depending upon the
individual. The fear of making a mistake which prevents you from taking
changes in work hurts you.
The feeling of insecurity that you are nobody because you failed in
some undertaking hurts you. Aggressiveness of the wrong kind - when you
hurt others - hurts you a great deal.
Uncertainty, hurts you because you cannot relax and cannot respond to
times of stress. Hatred is even worse. Hatred means that you hate
yourself first and then you hate other people.
However, indifference is the one emotion that hurts a person most.
Indifference in your work and indifference to all aspects of work will
hurt you very badly.
Many of us have deeply
rooted feelings of inferiority. It is easy to say, get rid of it, but
how do you go about it?
Feelings of inferiority are common. We all have these feelings - even
the most successful people in the world. People who are successful
realize that feelings of inferiority should act as stimuli. That’s what
success is all about - the capacity to rise above failure, stress,
First of all, stop making comparisons between yourself and others.
You are blessed with a distinctive personality. You have a unique
personality. You are unique in your own way. You may be inferior to
others in one way, but you must realize that you may be superior to
others in another way.
Remember that you are neither inferior nor superior. You are capable
of blunders, but also capable of rising above them. Success means
turning a crisis into an opportunity. You have the capacity to turn
crises into opportunities.
How can I overcome mental fatigue?
Poor time management may bring about mental fatigue. Mental fatigue
can come from overwork or from no work at all. If you don’t have a goal
you may suffer from mental fatigue. Continuous anxiety without purpose,
without trying to achieve a goal, can bring about mental fatigue and
exhaustion. Aggressiveness unchecked, where one continuously steps on
other people can produce mental exhaustion.
So does continual loneliness, where you walk away from reality and
separate yourself from yourself. So does resentment, an emotion that
hurts most the one who feels it.
There is no greater fatigue in the world than that which comes from
doing nothing. Please remember that “Mental fatigue is an imaginary
Always keep your mind filled with goals. An empty mind will bring
about mental fatigue. Enjoy your achievements. Be proud of yourself.
Cherish your uniqueness. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your
What do you mean by self-esteem?
Your self-esteem is the reflection of your self-concept - what you
think of yourself. It’s about your self-respect and self-worth. When you
think and feel good about who you are, and consider yourself worthy of
success, your self- esteem is high. You feel like a winner - confident,
enthusiastic, vibrant, a go-getter, with respect for self and others.
People with high self - esteem are always winners. They accept
themselves and love their very being. Their confidence put them ahead of
On the other hand, those with low self-esteem are handicapped in
their attitude; they are apprehensive and tend to be losers even before
the race begins.
High self-esteem generates momentum, and propels your drive to
success. It empowers and energises you to move with confidence to meet
the challenges and realise your goals.
People with high self-esteem are optimistic. They have a positive
frame of mind and are always winners in every aspect of their work.