What's Motivating You?
Do you remember a time when you were motivated by both fear and excitement? The fear might have felt paralyzing even while the new opportunity held the exciting promise of breaking free and being happier. My heart skips a beat just thinking about some of my own critical decisions.
There was a time at university when I planned, behind my parents’ backs, a trip through Europe to play international hockey. I recall the stress of putting the pieces in place without telling them, but I also remember how it turned out to be a great experience. (And in spite of my parents’ fears, I did complete my final year and graduate.)
Then there was my decision to leave a senior position at Sears in favour of starting with TD Bank. I dropped seven pounds while I agonized about switching from retailer to banker. Soon after, I faced a personal crisis: a divorce, along with all the readjustments involved, including a new relationship. There’s also my more recent move leaving the safe environment of corporate life to set up my own business.
Hindsight provides a refreshing—almost annoying—perspective. Yes, looking back these were the right decisions. But at the time, it did seem easier to avoid a particular life challenge or not change course. That’s when fear takes over.
So if you’re wondering what motivates your decisions, you’re not alone. Fear and excitement can be equally strong factors. But when fear steps in to block your path or the path of your team, a tool like The Strategy Circle
from Strategic Coach
is extremely helpful.
The step-by-step tool helps articulate your desired outcome, identify the fears and obstacles blocking your potential, and build a sound strategy to succeed.
A few moments spent with the Strategy Circle and you’ll be ready to tackle the most complex business or personal situation. Before long you’ll look back and say, “Now that was an opportunity worth taking!”
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Feeling the Fear? Just Do It Anyway.
When Dr. Susan Jeffers wrote her guidebook on facing fear, one wonders if she was afraid it wouldn’t sell.
Fear is something we all face. According to Jeffers, it comes from uncertainty that we won’t be able to handle a particular situation. Her message? Just keep going—which is exactly what Jeffers did. After 2 million copies sold, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
is a definitive classic.
The book’s primary message is that once we move through fear, it goes away. So the book doesn’t focus on removing fear. Instead, it helps you develop greater trust in your ability to handle whatever comes your way.
Jeffers’ five truths will soon have you feeling the fear and moving forward anyway.
1. The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow.
2. The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do it.
3. The only way to feel better about myself is to go out and do it.
4. Not only am I going to experience fear whenever I’m on unfamiliar territory, but so is everyone else.
5. Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness.
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