You’ve set goals for your organization, your business, your team, and, of course, yourself. Maybe you chose an aspiring revenue goal this year. Or perhaps you took on an extra program or set out to earn an MBA. You’re determined to succeed, and can’t afford the thought of failure. Think Big is your motto.
Welcome to January 2021. By now, you may be done laughing at silly New Year’s celebration videos. You may have wished your friends and colleagues “Happy New Year” and told them how you spent the season. The holiday spirit is now fizzling out, and reality is kicking in: 2021 is here. Are you ready to take on the New Year in your business with confidence?
If so, how do you proceed with a clear, realistic vision? How do you mindfully create the best possible outcomes for you and others when the world’s stage has changed so much?
Sometimes, our minds linger on events we can’t make sense of.
Maybe a colleague’s behavior was surprising. Perhaps your leader made a decision that didn’t seem right. Or maybe you received feedback you couldn’t relate to, and it felt more like an attack on your person.
How do you not get stuck when you have a bad taste in your mouth? How do you push forward and pursue the best result for everyone despite what happened?
There is one question I frequently hear in conversations these days: How long will this pandemic last?
While no one can see the future, we seem to enjoy playing with different scenarios. It’s the human mind and its restlessness, coupled with our ability to interpret anything in a million ways, that provides for variety in our online conversations.
Have you heard any of these?
· Nothing will be the same again.
· It will be here to stay with us for a long time; we have to get used to living with the risk.
· Let’s hold off until next year when the vaccine is here. Then we can go back to our lives.
As I found myself oscillating among these and other options, I wondered where the scenarios we create come from?
Have you ever left a meeting without getting the chance to say a word?
Maybe you were about to speak up, and just when you took a breath, a domineering colleague jumped in first. And maybe this happens to you repeatedly, shaking your confidence a little more each time.
It’s as if someone, somewhere, has pressed the mute button on you.
During my twenties, people called me ambitious, and in the post-communist environment in my little country Slovakia, where I grew up in, it felt like a swearword. The word ambition felt loaded with the expectations that I will drop my ethical and moral values, dedicate 24/7 to climbing the hierarchical ladder like a power-hungry vampire, and die alone in a big, cold villa with only my dog noticing that I am missing.
As I write these lines, it is precisely 100 days ago that I officially worked my first day without the backing of a multinational corporation. My choice to start a business, especially during an emerging global crisis when I could have chosen a stable corporate role, has raised eyebrows.
Before you ask, let me share that I am doing well professionally, intellectually, and from the perspective of balance. Yes, every day brings a new challenge. Yet at the same time, every meeting opens the door for new opportunities and potential clients. It is an exciting time!
Despite fears around world events and a change of employment, becoming an independent consultant and coach was the right move for me.
Maybe it could be your path, too?
Although fear is a natural part of any major change, there are things you can do to make the transition feel more natural, and your fear … less fearsome!
Here in Czechia, Europe, we don’t doubt masks. We do what’s needed to protect the vulnerable.
But in the past few days, a particular relaxed manner has been in the air. It goes with the optimism brought about by good numbers and the resulting, lifted restrictions.
As we ease into this new state of living, we must carefully re-enter our social lives. Each family weighs its own options depending on the risk factors they’re dealing with.
It’s exciting! The thought of seeing our friends again, taking our little ones to the playground, and spending a leisurely Saturday afternoon at a coffee house leaves us humming with anticipation.
Still, caution is in order.
I am so excited The Fear Project is LIVE!
Last week, I spoke with German Valencia, Non-Executive Director, Mentor with global, multi-sector human resources, information technology, and transformation experience and one of the most authentic and energetic leaders I met.
He shared his strategy on how to tackle fear with me, and now also with you:
1. Identify the root cause by increasing self-awareness
2. Get out of comfort zone, experiment, learn on experience
3. Start with small steps towards your desired behavior until it becomes a new natural behavior
You can learn more of German’s thoughts and practical tips in our 9-minute-long chat.
Now is the right time for The Fear Project. It’s time to activate our collective ability to manage fears in constructive ways. Our future depends on it.
What works for you when it comes to managing your fears?
These days, you can almost physically feel that the world is changing. A child’s sneeze means something different than it did a few days ago and with that we have become more alert, more intentional and possibly more in tune to the here and now.
Humankind has an amazing ability to adapt. Things and behaviors that were seemingly impossible become the norm within a few days.