One of the biggest workplace adversaries is FEAR. We fear judgment. We fear what others will think of us if we mess things up. When faced with changes at work, most of us react with discomfort, fear about the loss of control, self-doubt that we’ll have the skills, or we simply fight back the prospect of having to expend mental energy. Mostly we have trained our minds to operate with a fear, usually first reaction will be fear-based — resistance to navigate the new river, denial, worry, anxiety, and even may be anger.
Failure is perceived in different ways, it is embarrassing, prohibits you from succeeding, it is end of the world. As a matter of fact failure actually is a learning opportunity and a first step towards success. Being a bit fearful, confused and unsettled is normal and healthy. To be a bit fearful, confused or unsettled by workplace changes. Allowing a little bit of fear and risk into your lives provokes attention on aspects of life that are important and in thinking about the future.
The intelligent, mature and driven employee will manage his/her fear and look for possibilities to adjust to change and thrive in the new environment. Following few tips might help next time if you feel like your fear of change is causing anxiety, disengagement and stress.
- Overcome fear of change by opening up and being flexible to take on new challenges and tasks that align with the occurring changes. A good and optimistic attitude would be actively participating and focusing your energy on new behaviors.
- Thinking of situations that frightened you in the past and that how they appear harmless now will help you lighten the burden of worry and anxiety prior to a stressful event.
- Accepting the change as an opportunity to learn new and exciting thing, as well as an opportunity to involve in new projects and teams. As a result you will feel more empowered and less fearful.
- Part of the fear of change at work place is the unknown. Therefore, communication is always important, make it your business to be proactively inquire more about what the change involves. Ask constructive questions to find out meaningful information to help you understand better
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” — Jim Rohnres
The bottom line is, change is inevitable for all organizations today, so you’ll need learn to overcome your fear of change. It can be terrifying and unsettling. However, with the right attitude, outlook and actions, you can find opportunities in that change.