The Exhilarating Edge of Terror

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Wtimer & Associates –

Change is hard. Usually uncomfortable. Sometimes terrifying.

Whether it’s terrifying or discomforting, we’re wired to resist change. Change is risky. Our instincts go on high alert. We could fail . . . get embarrassed . . . offend someone. Besides, we’re comfortable with our old ways.

How often have you made a decision to do something truly beneficial, yet you couldn’t follow through? Maybe you started more disciplined time management, but when you got busy you reverted to the same bad habits. Or planned a tough-love discussion with a colleague, then got cold feet. Or went to try out a new skill you learned in training, but you chickened-out because the “time wasn’t right” or you thought you might look foolish.

The world is changing. Competition is advancing. Being too predictable can be dangerous. And here’s where it gets really weird. Some people literally threaten their careers by avoiding change. Or sabotage their relationships. Or destroy their health. Tragically, people refuse to make good choices – because they require them to change.

But here’s the good news: terrifying change can be exhilarating. In our work with thousands of leaders, we’ve learned that those who continue to advance have figured out that there is little difference between terror and exhilaration.

And here’s another key: risk and fear don’t go away. As Susan Jeffers illustrates in her book, Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway, high performers try new things despite the discomfort. Some of them learn to delight in their fear.

Successful CEOs often have made risky career breakthroughs – such as rotating jobs, changing industries, or restructuring their teams – rather than taking safe baby steps. Some of them point to a mentor early in their careers who convinced them that it’s necessary to relentlessly take risks to improve themselves. Most of us, unfortunately, never have such a mentor.

The Unleashing the Leader Within program, offered by Witmer & Associates, catapults people along the path of change. Unleashing helps talented, ambitious people embrace change and use it to accelerate their professional development. Tackling eyebrow-raising challenges is integral to the program. Many graduates talk about how Unleashing the Leader Within dramatically changed their lives, both personal and professional.

The ability to embrace change will only become more important in the future. Most employers these days are looking at agility, self-awareness, and risk taking as key competencies for hiring and promotion. Is it time for you to trade comfort for the exhilaration of change?

Ember Carriers recommends the The Unleashing the Leader Within program, offered by Witmer & Associates, contact us at (513) 984-9333 for more information.

Source: Jeff Grip, Pinpoint Performance Blog, Witmer & Associates

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