Date Added: May 2015
This is the third and final article focused on facing your fears, which impacts your work interactions. Facing your fears is a choice by you and there is no magic wand to accomplish this other than understanding it is a continual journey.
The first step is to acknowledge you have fears; and recognize why they are fears. The second step is understanding what your fears are and when they occur. The final step is looping back to the first step as fears will continue to re-occur.
As much as I have addressed a fear of speaking in front others, I still have anxiety from doing it. We are human beings and facing fears is a continuous journey.
Remember, negative things happen when we have fears, so acknowledging and understanding we have fears in all areas of our lives is important. We have fears at work, with family, in our community and extra-curricular activities, and personally.
Think of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. What would have happened if they chose not to face their fears? How many lives and generations of people would have been impacted if these heroes chose to cave to their fears? What if Rosa Parks chose to stay on the back of the bus rather than face ridicule?
Facing fears is not easy. It comes with sacrifice. It comes with criticism. We need thick skin to face our fears.
Pope Francis said, “…we can be overly fearful. But if we allow doubts and fears to dampen our courage, instead of being creative we will remain comfortable and make no progress whatsoever. In this case, we will not take an active part in historical processes, but become mere onlookers…”
In effect, we should not fear being fearful as it may bring more harm with coworkers. Those that mock others for facing fears are only judging as they are not facing fears themselves.
Reflecting on the series of facing your fears comes down to a few key decisions. Acknowledging your fears. Understanding your fears. And ultimately, choosing to face your fears. If we are repeatedly told, “Do not fear,” maybe it is time to follow this.
David Yeghiaian is committed to leading people on a life-changing journey to being great leaders. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.