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Leadership Coaching: Moving Through Your Fear

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 232

"This Isn't Happening"

There are times when we have to leave something behind and move forward. Change happens. Coping with change needs you to adapt. Otherwise, it will be harder if you're rigid.

When change happens, we sometimes make it harder than it needs to be by avoiding, being in denial or giving up.

What are your common excuses? "I'm just not really good at it". "I can't". "That's not me". "This isn't happening".

You'll get a case of the nerves when faced with unfamiliar situations. This is when you have to gain clarity and focus to figure out what needs to be adjusted. You might have to do some trial and error to decipher, or maybe you just have to make the choice to muster a potfull of courage to take the plunge. You have to be open and accept the change. You might feel vulnerable, but don't let your fear get the better of you. The feeling of fear might cloud your judgment. Don't let it overwhelm you.

The Barrier To Moving Forward

At some points you might decide to let go or maybe approach the situation in a different way.

What is the barrier? Oftentimes it is the letting go when you relinquish your personal power and control over the circumstance. You give up. What do you need to do?

Reframe the barrier. Reframe your fear into a new path with a better outcome.

What are you afraid of? Reflect on this. In case that happens, what is the worst thing that can happen?

Find someone you can trust and take note of their suggestions. Practice it.

Don't view your approach as a total make over but rather as an adjustment. Visualize the outcome you want to achieve.

So what is the barrier that prevents you from moving forward? Reframe it rather than making it as an excuse.

How Do You Move Through Your Fear?

People cope with fear in varied ways:

  • Quick - stop and aggressive restart. When a person copes with fear in this manner, they might stop or not stop at all. If they stop, it is often a minor hesitation. These kind of people hesitate less than others in the group and they reengage with more passion. They seem to be the fearless type. They don't let fear stop them and they know that they have to move forward.
  • Coping with fear through reflection. They identify their fears and weigh the outcomes of their actions. Reason and reflection are used as tools to find solutions.
  • Avoidance and denial. There are people who cope by finding a way around instead of dealing with the fear. Their fear shuts them down and they enclose themselves with banging noise. It may feel safe, but their denial doesn't make them grow, move forward or learn from the experience.

By the way, do you want to learn more about leadership in your company? If so, download your FREE eBook here: Guide to Elegant Courage Leadership

Jodi and Mike specialize in executive coaching with individuals and teams. http://lighthouse-leadership.com

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