Fight or Flight?
This post is for the moments you struggle to make the power move. The moments you think you're a pawn instead of a rook or a king. This post is for people thinking too small and for brand managers that aren't stepping up to the plate. Stop allowing yourself to play it small.
Do what sacres you.
You know that thing that makes you overwhelmed and gives you that feeling of wanting to stay in bed forever? That's what you need to face. Those nervous shivers, those sweaty palms and that term "cold sweat" are telltale signs of opportunity. Pushing beyond your comfort zone and facing your fears is exactly how the world becomes a better place. Leave complacency to someone else, there are plenty of others already filling the role.
To help you out with this we've come up with 10 great ways to beat fear at its own game. Here they are in no particular order:
- Come up with a list of ten reasons why you're better than the conquest at hand. This trick is incredible at boosting your confidence and getting on with getting over it.
- Ask a friend to give you a pep talk and maybe ask them to help you with your list of ten. Good friends can help us see the best in ourselves. If you don't have those kinds of friends it's time to find some new ones.
- Don't compare yourself to others. We often judge ourselves as weaker when we look at someone we admire seemingly doing something with ease. You aren't in their head. You don't know their battle. We're each running our own race.
- Think bigger. Remember that saying about shooting for the moon? Yes, even if you fail you'll land among stars. Go for the big win and learn from your mistakes. Growth doesn't happen when we repeat old patterns.
- Doing what other people are doing is boring. It means you're late to the party. Start your own thing—invent something new.
- Celebrate your achievements. Big win or little win—do you celebrate them? Put a sticker on your own chart instead of waiting for a pat on the back from someone else.
- One foot at a time. That means one little action after another will get you there. Leaps and bounds rarely achieve much, it's the little bits chipped away over time. Don't forget this. People overestimate what they can do in a month and underestimate what can be done in a year—or over many years.
- Breathe. (yep, this is a long winded point)
- If you don't know how to do something you need to track down someone who does. We'd like to put an emphasis on the tracking them down part. We once got a number from a lady to call another lady, who then gave us a number to call another lady that gave us the number to call someone else. And you know what? We called that last person and explained how we got their cell number and they gave us over 30 minutes of their time. We swear by this—never give up on getting what you want.
- Remember that you've got this and be mindful to adjust your sails with the wind. Meaning: You don't always get what you set out to achieve, in fact it's generally better.
And now to warp this post up; there's about a month left in 2016 to make sure 2017 isn't a repeat of the last eleven months. We know you aren't a pawn. So, what are you scared of?