Have you ever been in a situation that you feared? For instance, a condition which you did not have under control. A fast-moving train rolling by where you were required to jump on to, but the thought of doing it and taking the leap seemed totally out of your comfort zone. Your head has taken over your heart, Or even the other way around. You struggle as you see the last carriage approaching the station and the speed is picking up. You know you just have second to jump on before you miss the momentum. You close your eyes and prepare for the jump. You hesitate, you stall, and then you wake up from a bad dream!
If you have had this metaphorical dream, then this is the blog to read for you!
Fear zone, Comfortzone to growth zone
You may struggle to understand and comprehend where you fit in the bigger picture. You may be challenged with a complex task, entirely out of your comfort zone , or even worse. you are in your FEAR zone. The fast-evolving situations, your mind disconnects from the heart. The fear of actually jumping on that symbolical train can be a blockade. Don’t worry, we all have had or will experience a similar situation. These are what we like call growth zones. Challenges where creativity, dare and persistence are required to achieve objectives. Fear is a natural reaction to the unknown. Turn it to growth!
What do you bring to the table?
For some people, the SWOT (R: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) has been somewhat overrated. However, when required to overcome a challenge, it doesn’t hurt to evaluate your personal SWOT and reflect that on the challenge forehand. In most swots, the threats you define, are often also the direct (Growth) opportunities you have. Your weaknesses with respect can easily be your strengths. The situational mirror you set will give you a clear view of the work items you need to tackle (Both personal as a business).
What is holding you back?
Evaluating your business and personal challenges one side of the spectrum. Believe, and trust on the other.
Before you can win over the hesitation and the fear, you need to get Head and Heart in line.
Ask yourself what is holding you back. Getting to understand where your head and heart lie and getting a clear view of your fears is the bases for creating a better understanding and defining a direction. If your head and heart is in the right place, your performance and motivation will grow, and hesitation will evolve to seeing the opportunity.
Find the balance
Create the right balance between fear and motivation, persistence and drive. Understanding is one thing, but actually taking action upon your work items is another. If you take one step at a time outside your comfort zone, you can test and learn the effects of doing this. Important is that you ensure that your work items are manageable, scalable, and you take small steps to overcome the fear of failure. Enhance the small steps to more significant leaps.
Make it actionable!
Performance is not just about having talent, skills, education or experience. You need something extra which I call “dare to jump into the deep“. That braveness, that distinctive forward leaning behavior, often leads to more progression then just education or past experience.
Exploring fears is about the journey to regain trust. When someone comes to you for help, apply the right level of Empathy & Trust throughout the journey. When you see someone in your team struggling, reach out to them. Give them the opportunity to open up. We are in a competitive and fast paced world! We often do not leave sufficient room for really connecting and reaching out. Take it from me, if you do and make real honest connections, you will together grow and do achieve your goals with a smile.
Don´t forget. Make it actionable and stimulate progression. You can do it. And if not, you have learned from it!
About the author: @Rahim Gulamali Strategic Customer Experience focussed Transformational Leader with outstanding track record across BPO, Strategic Change Management, Corporate Risk Management, Information technology, Technical and Financial Project Management. Proven track record in; designing, guiding, clarifying and completing (international) strategic programs; motivating teams and individuals to deliver; streaming and energizing existing business processes where People drive/own the success.