Our fears cause us to avoid things in our business or working lives stopping us achieving. We all have fears, whether it’s fear of success or failure; fear of change or public speaking; fear of changing jobs or starting up a new business.
Often a lack of self-belief or confidence, or doubting ourselves, a reflection of how we are feeling right now; times of low self-esteem or perhaps having had a run of bad luck, giving us a feeling of immense insecurity.
By delving into the route of our fear and what we are afraid of, it is likely to be our fear of failing or not being able to handle addressing our fear head-on.
This could be a fear of dealing with a difficult client or employee, a fear of what the outcome might be; losing the client or employee, and the implications of this.
Our fear makes us doubt ourselves causing the negative voice to become louder, feeling real.
If we look back to when we were children or young adults, we thought we could conquer the world, achieve anything, we believed in ourselves, having the confidence to tackle anything that came our way.
Here are 6 tips to face your fears:
Think about TWO of your current fears; business or work and personal
List what it is that you are afraid or fearful of
Put a percentage of the likelihood of this ‘actually’ happening to put it into context
Write down a positive outcome detailing how you will successfully deal with your fear
List the steps you are going to take to achieve your positive outcome
Then just go do it!
It is far better to face our fears rather than wasting time procrastinating, believing that burying our heads in the proverbial sand will make them go away. Dealing with the fear is far easier and less scary than thinking or worrying about it every day.
As the Sunscreen song says “Do one thing every day that scares you”.
Debs moved to New Zealand in 2007, is married to Jeff, lives in North Canterbury and loves the kiwi lifestyle.
Between them, Debs and Jeff have 6 children and 10 grandchildren who all live in England. She visits every year to spend special quality time with them all.
Using a tailored approach Success Factor invests in people and businesses, by providing them with the tools to reach their full potential through result based services, by working together to make a difference.
Debs is a qualified Life Coach, with the NZ Institute of Business Studies (NZIBS), hold a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA), studied in Humanities and Social Science and tutored First Line Management courses levels 3 and 4 at Aoraki Polytechnic as well as setting up and running other training programmes, conferences and workshops.
Debs is a professional public speaker, a member of Toastmasters International since 1992, has held national and training roles in NZ, and is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). Debs is also a member of the National Speakers Association NZ (NSANZ).