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Saturday Shoutout!!! When the Rubber Hits the Road (Self Doubt)

Saturday Shoutout!!!                                                                  When the Rubber Hits the Road  (Self Doubt)

Issue 2 | Number 10 | 21 July 2012

It is now 2012 and the time to make another serious career decision has come again.  With the imminent rationalisation of another 20, 000+ public servants, I have 2 options.  Option 1 is to stay for another 8 years until retirement and see my career further decay and be not valued for the expertise I have.  Option 2, if offered, accept the retrenchment package as an amazing opportunity, find another job in HR and pursue my future ambition to establish my brand as The HR Architect.

It reminds me about a quote … “If you hear a voice within you say „you cannot paint“, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”  Vincent van Gogh

In her article Four Ways to Break Through Your Fear and Self Doubt Forbes Magazine Contributor Fabienne Fredrickson suggests four steps to break though that fear and self-doubt.

1. Take a No-Excuses Approach                                                                                     Although, some may call them ‘reasons’, people stop themselves all the time by using excuses. The opportunity they want so badly finally shows up, and they make excuses so as not to go forward. The biggest excuses I hear are “I don’t have enough money,” “I don’t have enough time, “I’m too busy”, “I don’t want to travel,” and the list goes on.

They use these excuses as their trap door, their escape route.

To achieve success, you’ve got to be willing to take the same approach with your business. Successful people are those who take a No Excuses Approach and are willing to do what others won’t.  So, how badly do you want it? You either have excuses or you have results. Which do you choose?

2. Feel the Fear – But Do It Anyway                                                                                          The ego creates fear to keep you small. For example, fear of rejection, fear of overwhelm, fear of humiliation, fear of making mistakes, fear of losing it all, fear of the unknown, and on and on it goes. The list is huge.

All entrepreneurs I know experience fear. What separates those who are successful and those who allow fear to hold them back is the willingness to act in spite of the fear. The best way to get over fear is to walk directly into it. It takes courage but you know what? Walking into fear is never as bad as you think it’s going to be. Instead, you’ll find it liberating.

3. Be Willing to Stretch beyond Your Comfort Zone                                                            Most people avoid discomfort like the plague. If you want to get to the next level of your business, you’ve got to be comfortable being uncomfortable – just for a short time. Yes, it’s a little scary at first but let’s face it, it’s not going to kill you.

The question is – are you willing? Are you willing to trade short term discomfort for long-term success? If so, are you willing to go where you have to go? Are you willing to talk to who you have to talk to? Are you willing to move for what you want? Are you willing to do what you haven’t done? Are you willing to stretch beyond your comfort zone?  Yes? Then I’ve got great news–that is when the money and opportunities show up.

4. Take Decisive Action                                                                                                                 You can’t just wish for something. You’ve got to take action. Action is an issue of personal responsibility. It’s where you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the choices in your life and you accept that you cannot blame others for the choices you have made. Time and time again our inner self-doubt makes us question everything and keeps us from taking action when the solution shows up. This all boils down to one thing and one thing only. In plain English it’s called self-sabotage.

Widening your perspective around success starts with a decision. Once you make a decision to succeed, it’s time to commit to doing whatever it takes to make it happen.

It comes down to taking bold and decisive action toward what you say you want in your business or your life.  It’s about saying YES to what’s possible for you.  Saying YES to the opportunities that are divinely given to you – and then taking action. Your business, your life, your income will never be the same. I promise you that.

Finally … reading Fabienne Fredrickson post has convinced me that my fear of failure and my desire to conquer self doubt actually will end up being a driving force for success in my future career endeavours. I can do it too!

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About the Author

To fulfil his professional and personal career aspirations, Tony Wiggins created ‘The HR Architect’ brand in 2009.  With a well-grounded focus and passion for HR, he thrives on working across his networks as a thought leader in ‘making a difference’ in the HR arena.

Tony Wiggins is the Founder and UX Editor of Saturday Shoutout!!! and The HR Architect Spends 5 Minutes with ….Tony utilises the blog ‘The HR Architect’ as a social media network and platform that empowers HR professionals to network, assist and support one another, spanning different countries, subcultures and niches.

Contact Tony at basketa@optusnet.com.au or @tonywiggin on Twitter.

One Response

  1. Tony I know you can do anything! I had a vision and I jumped of the cliff and I am flying. I am following my passion and purpose and I have not looked back. Tony – you are amazing!

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