Fears can keep us safe throughout our lives. We lock our doors at night and check for ticks after a hike. But fears can also hold us back - especially at work. We may wonder which valuable ideas got left behind because we couldn't find the courage to speak up.
There is nothing wrong with being afraid, but fear should not rule us.
The emotion we feel when we see a fire is the same feeling we have when we need to have a difficult conversation - it keeps us safe.
We will never stop being scared in this world. Fear doesn't make you weak. But if we give fear power in our lives, it can stop us from doing what we're supposed to do, say what we're supposed to say, and be who we're supposed to be.
We can create monsters of our fears in our heads.
Being an authentic person means having specific opinions and values, and people who have different values will not like what you say or do.
To overcome the fear of being your authentic self:
When you have to do something difficult, ask yourself these questions to determine if you're impulsive or need to speak up.