Let's get right to our topic today-FEAR. I'm going to share 3 ways you can get over it so you can enjoy your career and business life.
Have you ever been whitewater rafting? If you have, you know the initial reaction sounds like:
"What have I gotten myself into-get me off this raft!"
If you haven't, you may be thinking,
"No way I am ever doing that!"
You may have a similar mindset at work that's keeping you from:
-Speaking effectively and giving presentations
-Asking for a raise or promotion that you deserve
-Contributing your ideas in a room full of colleagues and executives
-Leading and developing your team to its highest potential
-Functioning well in organizational change when your company decides to follow a new direction or vision
Fear is a gatekeeper to your mission and success.
It blocks your path, and you can't go around it.
You have to go THROUGH it.
Where does the fear come from? That's a great question to ask yourself and reflect upon. Experiences, beliefs, and results are the main offenders, but the biggest one is that one voice inside your head talking to you and putting fear in front of you. What should you do?
TELL FEAR TO SHUT UP.
The only time fear is a valuable "tool" is when you are facing life threatening situations, like:
-you are about to be run over by a car
-you encounter an aggressive poisonous snake
-you see someone about to drink gasoline
You are programmed to respond to true danger with fear, BUT THEN YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
What can you do to eliminate the kind of fear that is just annoying and career-crippling? Here are 3 ways:
1. REFLECT FIRST. This week, I challenge you to take time to reflect on what fears you have that may be prohibiting you from being the most successful version of yourself in the workplace. Make a list, check it twice, then put an X by the ones that are NOT life threatening. These are your targets to overcome.
2. SET ONE GOAL. Pick one fear that you believe will be the easiest win and work hard to achieve elimination of fear around that goal. This article is an important reminder of the great things you're already doing, and it may provide you with ideas of goals you want to set for yourself to help conquer your fears - click here to read.
3. BUILD FEAR-FIGHTING MUSCLE. Overcoming fear means you have to work it out, just like going to the gym. Each day, do something very practical, like speaking up in a meeting, or stating your TRUE opinion about that ridiculous project timeline you are facing. Small doses work and build mental muscle.
YOU DESERVE TO BE IN THE ROOM
The good news is that you are created to be valuable, confident, and knowledgeable. You are where you're at today because you deserve to be there - you have a valuable contribution to make, so push past the gatekeeper of fear.
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Angela Nuttle is an author, speaker, talent remodeler™, and consultant in talent and organizational development. As founder of The School of Executive Presence, she teaches business people how to show up with executive presence. She also works directly with CEOS, Business Leaders, and HR Teams to develop people, potential, and processes that create productive and profitable business environments. To learn more about her experience with Fortune 500 companies and relevant solutions, visit www.corporatetalentexpert.com or www.schoolofexecutivepresence.com.
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