Turn the Tables on Intimidation

IntimidationThere are so many things that can disrupt your productivity.  I’ve already posted recently how fear and focus can halt your productivity and here is one more:  Intimidation from others.  Those who seek to intimidate often have false power given to them only by themselves.  These individuals may not be the easiest to work with, but they certainly need to be addressed, no matter what level of the food chain you are.  Check out the link on Verbal Intimidation and learn how you can fight back without losing your own cool.  If you have additional ideas or stories on how you’ve handled the verbal intimidators, please share!

Fear is Good?

Fear

This is part 3 on the conversation centered around Fear.  So far we’ve talked about how Fear is a choice.  The last part covered how Fear is contagious.  Today the focus is on how Fear can be good as well as bad and how to use it your advantage.

You can never really talk about Fear without mentioning fight or flight, in its psychological context.  A bear comes out of the woods barreling towards your family.  There are 2 choices – run to take cover OR choose to protect your children and spouse.  So which is it – fight or flight?

The bear example is probably pretty extreme when these posts are actually about not allowing fear to decrease your productivity, but it helps start the conversation.  For those who encounter a problem or setback, you can respond or react.  Reaction gives over to panic, confusion, avoidance and allows your vulnerabilities to come out.  Responding to your fears allows clarity and purpose to come forth, heightens your perceptions and awareness, and calls on you to step out of your comfort zone.  Which one do you choose?Whether it is about productivity or progress, response is a far better choice to make when fear comes along.  Anyone can react.  Animals do, especially when you take their food, invade their territory or strike them.  Responding allows trial (and perhaps error).  Responding allows discovery.  Responding allows you to harness your fears into a positive outcome. 

Best of all – how you respond to fear allows personal growth. 

Conquering Fear

Fear

Fear.  It’s a frightening concept – literally.  It causes panic.  It causes anxiety.  It causes stress.  And it comes in many forms.   I recently talked to a friend of mine who’s ex-husband was causing her a great deal of fear.  During their marriage she encountered a lot of abuse – mostly mental and a bit physical.  She found the courage to leave the relationship and continue to raise her children.  The process of dealing with the fear in that relationship has still been a struggle.  Her self-esteem had fallen victim and was her own worst enemy.  Deciding after four years that enough was enough, she found the strength to confront the ex.  The outcome was insignificant but the victory was actually found in having the discussion itself.  You see she found out she was a new person and no longer a slave to his own insecurities that manifested itself in anger towards her.  She confronted her fears.  And now she can move on. 

 Fear in the workplace is not as dramatic as this scenario, but it can still take its toll on us.  We all have that “something” at work that we avoid, whether it be a project, person or task.  So, in the coming posts, I’ll be talking about fear and tying it into how we can conquer fear to be more productive.  It’s time to eliminate panic and confusion, stepping outside of your comfort zone, avoiding avoidance and reaching all the potential you have within you.