Fear is a natural, powerful, and primitive human emotion. It involves a universal biochemical response as well as a high individual emotional response. Sometimes fear stems from real threats, but it can also originate from imagined dangers.
Learning to manage and overcome our fears is a skill that can be developed to make us stronger and more resilient.
Here are some effective techniques to help you work through your fears in the workplace:
Normalize the fear
One of the most powerful techniques for overcoming your fear is recognizing that what you are afraid of is completely normal and that you are not alone. Talking with coworkers or supervisors who have experienced and conquered fears can help boost your confidence and make it easier to move forward.
Look back at previous accomplishments
The things you are afraid of can seem small when comparing them to some of the incredible things you have accomplished. Make a list of some of your accomplishments, and look at that list anytime fear creeps in.
Think about what the end result could be
Instead of focusing on the fear, focus instead on what life would look like if you did accomplish that goal. How would you feel? How would your life change? The end result could be an increase in salary or promotion from your current position. It could also make you a great candidate for a better role at another company.
Recognize it is part of the process
Think back on other things you have tried. As a child, when you fall you get back up. It’s part of the process of growth. Reframe the fear in your mind and realize that fear and even setbacks are only temporary, even in the workplace. Failing on a work project could result in opportunities for new and better training, potentially creating new opportunities. Volunteering to give a presentation, even if it doesn’t go well, shows initiative and a desire to improve.
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Culled from: Indeed.