Joy Ignites Success


By - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

If you’re human, and I’m guessing you are, you experience feelings of not being capable of meeting the task at hand. These may be occasional, fleeting moments, or they may be familiar and persistent. To handle these opportunities with as much grace and ease as possible, here are some strategies.
1.    Breathe. Deeply inhale and fully exhale several times.
2.    Assess the situation. What aspect of it is most daunting?
3.    Take an inventory: Is this something you’ve done before? Is it similar to anything you’ve ever done before? Is there a manual? Who do you know that knows how to do this?
4.    Acknowledge the internal voices that may be saying you don’t know what you’re doing. For instance, thank them and tell them that what they are saying isn’t helpful at the moment. Ask them what else they’ve got.

5.    Play with movements that convey the message, “I don’t know what I’m doing.” (Just don’t do it in front of your supervisor.) Physically moving the feeling in your body will help you get out of the fear of being stuck.
6.    If appropriate, remind yourself that you are capable and can figure it out.
7.    If you can’t do it on your own, get help.
8.    After it’s done, give yourself some praise. You deserve it.

Please share what happened the last time you felt incompetent.

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