As a Forty Plusser I sometimes feel that no one is taking me seriously. I get real frustrated and overwhelmed with self-doubt. I sometimes feel that I am taken for granted. At least I can say for sure that my dogs appreciate every single thing I do for them!
Here’s the point: Only you can change other people’s perceptions of you. How others see us begins with how we see ourselves. Perhaps you don’t take yourself seriously and therefore others don’t either.
Definition of take (someone or something) seriously: to treat (someone or something) as being very important and deserving attention or respect.
Everything you do affects your credibility—your body language,public speaking skills, and the actual words you say.
Be honest. Do you often start-up new projects in your work and life, but find that they never get past the initial launch phase? It’s no wonder people are having trouble viewing you in a serious light.
Be humble. Nobody likes arrogant people! Not everybody wants to hear about your wonderfully perfect life on a constant basis!!
You are not open to learning from others, thereby being very dismissive of their opinions.
While you can use jokes as a self-defense mechanism, doing it too often can make you appear fake. The joke will be on you!
Remember that confidence is contagious. If you believe in your own power, others will as well.
Be mindful of what you post on social media. If you want to be taken seriously, don’t do things that make people think less of you.
Don’t make empty promises – If you tell someone that you will do something, you should follow through on that.
Be truthful: People value honesty and genuineness in others, so be truthful.
Speak up for what you believe. Will people around you understand your emotions and thoughts ?
Appearance: The way you dress and present yourself matters more than it should, especially for women in male-dominated industries.
Wisdom: “So we won’t take ourselves too seriously. Because taking something serious doesn’t make it go away any faster. In fact, it keeps making it a little bit worse.”
― Ram Dass, Experiments in Truth
Wisdom: “Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example?” Dennis Prager