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Tips For Getting Over Fears At Work

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There are plenty of us who feel fear at work. Whether it’s to do with a certain colleague or aspects of the job, fear can certainly be one of the most uncomfortable things to feel. However, it’s important that you don’t let fear control that ability to succeed, so here are some tips for getting over fears at work.

Acknowledge The Fears

Fears are something we all have and experience, and it’s ok to have them. What we don’t want to happen is to allow those fears to control what we do and how successful we are in life, whether that’s personal or professional. So step one to combat fears within the workplace is to acknowledge those fears. Where do they come from, and what triggers them? There may be ways around avoiding those scenarios that spark the fear. If that’s not possible, then knowing why they’re there and what causes them is the first step to helping combat them.

Communicate And Get Help

Avoiding your fears is not going to help, and keeping quiet about them in the workplace isn’t going to always reflect positively, especially if no one knows you’re feeling them. Addressing your fears with your manager or colleagues is going to help massively because they can help get you past them and to work on how you can avoid them.

Sometimes the fear might be over the dangers that certain work processes present. For example, if you’re staff are working underground then confined space courses are available to explain how to deal with those dangers. These can help to put your employees’ minds at ease particularly if they don’t have prior experience of working within these conditions.

Appreciate The Positives In Life

There are plenty of positive things in your life, and we can often forget them when we’re under pressure and feeling those negative thoughts. Remember to rely on those positive feelings because they can really help you to feel better and to help with the fears that you might be facing. Sometimes it can help to put those fears into perspective, and that alone can help with combating them. Make a list of those positives and keep referring back to them when you need to and in those moments where you’re experiencing that fear.

Work On Reducing The Stress

Stress can come from plenty of places, and with some, like the feeling of fear, you can’t always control. However, working to reduce stress in your life is extremely important. Find those points in your life that are causing unwanted stress and work at removing them, whether it’s speaking to your manager or addressing it in your personal life. The more we work at bringing calm into our lives, the less fear we may experience.

Getting over fears within the workplace is difficult, but it can definitely be done. Use these tips to help combat those feelings and never feel weak for succumbing to them in the moment. It’s an ongoing battle, so don’t be afraid if you fail.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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