Leadership Lessons: The Upside of Fear - Page 2
So when that sense of paralysis, hopelessness shows up in your life here is what to do:
1. Accept it: admit you are afraid. Know that what you are feeling others are feeling also. Don’t play being a denier or avoider, simply say to yourself “I am afraid and I will find a way to harness the fear “.
2. Write, write, and write: research has shown that writing down emotional laden thoughts is actually good for your immune system. Sit down and put all your fears on paper. You can toss it into the trash can later; for right now know this will bring clarity to the issues.
3. Shift your focus: go past the situation of today; begin to envision how things will be once you get over the present hurdle. See yourself successful in the future; note how confident you will become once you get through the challenges of today.
4. Do something: talk with a colleague, share your concerns, have a meeting with employees and ask for ideas; keep moving. Think about the advice for rock climbers: do not stay in one position too long or your muscles will stiffen. No matter what, just one small change, one small adjustment and you can keep going.
5. Reach out and touch someone: take a few minutes and listen to someone who needs your help. Have your staff spend a few hours in a “Build and Give” program where as a team you learn about how you behave under time pressure. The end results are some great looking bikes you can give to charity and a deeper bonding with your co-workers.
This is a time to face the fear and do it anyway. The words of President Roosevelt from 70 years ago ring so true “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”!