That thing you’re afraid of doing or saying at work – if your fears actually came true what’s the worst thing that could happen?
raised your hand during a meeting to share your ideas
told your boss the real reason you’re falling behind
asked for permission to work less hours
proposed a different way of working
created a new committee at work
confessed to making a mistake
started a business
reported an unsafe colleague
found a new job
what’s the worst thing that might happen?
Would it be the end of your life? Unlikely. Would the outcome be irreversibly damaging? Probably not.
Sure, if you said or did what scared you someone might disagree with you or misunderstand you; you might feel embarrassed, or be judged – and then what?
Often, the things we are most afraid of doing cause only transient discomfort, rarely are the outcomes irreversible. And, risks usually aren’t as scary once we realize that the worst that can happen won’t hurt us in the long run.
We’re all afraid, so there’s no sense waiting for fear to go away. We just gotta dance with it.
Facing our fears feels risky, but failure to act on our fears is the greatest risk of all.