Libro The Complete Project Manager: Integrating People, Organizational, and Technical Skills

You are excellent as a Project Manager!

When I am telling in front of project management audience the sentence “You are excellent” some professionals smile and understand I am being so generous with them. But it’s not the real truth. If you say to yourself that you are excellent, you are obliged to be one. Please repeat the sentence “I am excellent” in front of your mirror every day. Then if after twenty days of repeating that sentence you are not excellent, you need to understand “why“. Someting wrong need to be changed in your behavior, actions, facts, and you need to think about it.

I strongly believe that most of project managers have the seeds of success within them. The only thing that they need to do is cultivate those seeds, water them, feed them, and they will start to grow. However, I know many project managers who fail to reach their potential. One of the things that I observed is that they have low self- esteem. They do not believe in themselves, they do not believe they can learn and develop themselves.

I believe it is important to realize that you have value and you are worth investing in it. I’d like to share with you some lessons I learned regarding self-esteem:

  1. Self-esteem is the single most significant key to a person behavior
  2. Low self-esteem puts a ceiling on our potential
  3. The value we place on ourselves is usually the value others place on us

If you want to develop your self-esteem, do as follows:

  1. Guard your self-talk
  2. Stop comparing yourself with others
  3. Move beyond your limiting beliefs
  4. Add value to others
  5. Do the right thing even if it’s the hard thing
  6. Practice a small discipline daily in a specific area of your life
  7. Celebrate small victories
  8. Embrace a positive vision for your life based on what you value
  9. Practice the one-word strategy
  10. Take responsibility for your life

How to believe in yourself

  1. Make a list of all your personal qualities. If you have positive self-esteem, then this will probably be easy for you. If you don’t, you may need some more time creating the list. Do not stop until you have written a hundred positive things about yourself and then spend time every day reading the list to remind yourself of your value. RUsing that list as a springboard, decide on the one word that best describes you. Make this word your North Star as you begin adding value to yourself.


  1. Few things impact a person’s self-esteem more than the way they talk to themselves on a day-to-day basis. Are you aware of how you talk to yourself? Are you talking to yourself in a positive or in a negative way?


  1. Find a way to serve and add value to others in a weekly basis. Do something that uses your strengths, benefits others, and makes you feel good about yourself. Start small. I you are already serving, then do more.

Believe in yourself. Run one more mile every day, I mean do a little bit more effort every day to improve your way of taking action and doing things. You can do it.

Today is a good day to start and then tomorrow will be better for you!

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