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Fear – fight or flight? The choice is yours

Fear – fight or flight? The choice is yoursImage Credit: Supplied

Ever since I started my career, there always lurked at the back of my mind something called fear. When I was just new, I thought it was on account of my inexperience. But as the years went by, I realized that experience has got nothing to do with it.

Over the years, I have realized that fear is a common reaction to many of the corporate challenges that we face. It rears its head every time we face situations that are a little different from our normal routine.

Fear provides us with two options: fight or flight. Many people try to distance themselves from unfavorable situations and flee to their comfort zones. But those who decide to confront those situations use fear as a catalyst to move forward.

Only when we tackle problems head-on will we be able to realize that they were not as complicated as we expected them to be. Moreover, problems help build our self-confidence and prepare us to face future challenges in a better manner. Fear also helps us set realistic limits on our expectations and motivates us to reach them.

In today's corporate world, it is essential to use fear as a motivational tool to achieve our goals. We should use fear as a driving force towards success, and this is only possible if we perceive it as a powerful energy that will lead to self-betterment.

How we tackle fear that arises in our minds, either as a victim or as a winner, determines the outcome. Over the years, I have learned to channel negative energy into positive energy. I have learned to use fear as a fuel rather than as a barrier, and, to a large extent, it has worked for me.

Handy Hints:

• Fear is inevitable; we either confront it or run away from it

• Fear must be treated as a motivating factor to move forward

• It is a powerful energy that strengthens one's resolve to go on

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Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink