Distractions can prevent you from fully reaching your goals if you let them. The problem is that a lot of us struggle to identify what distractions are because we have confused them for the drive behind which we hope to succeed. The worst aspect of fear is that it can infiltrate every aspect of your life, adding stress and confusion to your current responsibilities. A shift in mindset will help you overcome each fear and meet your goals.
Here are the 11 Fears Keeping You From Being Great & Accomplish your goals by John Hall
Co-founder and CMO at Calendar.com.
1. What if I lose everything?
A fresh job seeker has little to worry about and can take more chances. But once you build a life somewhere and invest time and energy in a company, you become more and more fearful that you’ll lose it all. Your family and staff are relying on you to make the right decisions. It can be overwhelming, but you need to address this fear rationally. Hard work, diligence, and preparation have gotten you this far. If you budget, save and spend time reviewing both personal and business risks, you can avoid most major problems. Doing this will help you approach tough times and complicated situations with a calm, rational mind.
2. What if I fail?
I’m not the first person to address the fear of failure, and I won’t be the last. Everyone will fail at some time or another. You will have the respect of others when you’re able to overcome failure, learn from it, and embrace the opportunity to improve.
3. What will happen if I have to move or change?
Habits form easily, and you might very well enjoy where you currently live and work, but you have to keep an open mind. Don’t let a fear of change prevent you from jumping at a better opportunity. There are many things to consider in each individual case, but the lesson is to separate fear from your decision-making process.
4. Do my peers respect me?
Everyone deserves respect, and the best way to earn it is to show it to other people.
5. Am I undervalued?
In a perfect world, there would be a formula that could calculate your involvement and value to a company to formulate an accurate compensation rate. Our world isn’t quite so perfect, so you might fear that working your butt off won’t result in proper valuation of your services. But you can’t let yourself drown in that worry. It will hurt your performance, and you’ll enjoy work a lot less. If your work is taken for granted where you are, then speak openly with your leadership team or look for another company that will truly appreciate your unique skills.
6. Will competitors destroy my business?
It’s safe to say that some competitors will stop at nothing to ruin your business. You don’t have to sit and watch a competitor destroy your business with underhanded tactics. You can take action either proactively (before a competitor’s attack) or reactively.
7. Am I appreciated?
A work culture that focuses on who gets credit for what is toxic. Worrying about drawing attention to yourself and your work hurts more than it helps. You’ll be less productive and feel less satisfied with your work. Accept the fact that you will encounter nepotism or unfairness in your career, but don’t fret over it. It will only detract from your personal performance. It’s better to focus on consistently delivering work that meets your own standards.
8. Do I look cool?
It’s important to remember that a true friend isn’t your friend because of your title. If you surround yourself with Joey-, Chandler-, and Phoebe-type friends, then you won’t ever have to fear not being able to impress them. They’ll be there for you.
9. Am I disappointing my family?
I might disappoint my own parents or family, that if I don’t achieve a certain level of success, I’ll be a failure. When we stop to think about it, however, I realize that my family has always been and will always be supportive. They don’t judge me on my hits or misses.
10. Am I missing out?
Very little hurts more than letting an opportunity slip through your fingers. But there are infinite opportunities out there, and they seem to gravitate toward focused individuals who work hard. Continue doing your best work possible, and it will pay off. If you let yourself mope or fret over a missed opportunity, you might miss out on the next.
11. Will I have enough time?
Whether it’s your first day as an intern or your 10th anniversary as CEO, you’ve felt the grip of panic as you realize your to-do list is much longer than you’d like. But worrying about time (and not having enough of it) only disorganizes your thoughts and workflow. A daily minimum to-do list of high-priority items that have to be addressed, no matter how busy my schedule is. It will help to stay focused, prioritize time, and reduce anxiety.
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