Tuesday, October 14, is Face Your Fears day. To take a big risk, you need a helping hand. Get a coach, talk with a friend or mentor, and arm yourself with these inspirational thoughts. Of course, many people rank "fear of public speaking" or glossophobia, as their number one dread.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
A traumatic or frightening event, such as falling off a ladder could cause a fear of heights because the distressing experience gets paired with heights in the person's memories.
However, many people can't link their fear to a particular experience.
Some people that fear heights did not have repeated safe exposure to heights.
Finally, people with height phobia show subtle differences in their ability to maintain their balance, partly because they have more difficulty integrating perceptual information from their visual system.
Fear is a natural and universal human phenomenon, affecting top executives as much as anyone else. The majority of management literature is focused on helping leaders conquer their fears. The problem is that stifling fear doesn't make it go away. In fact, failing to address it can lead to highly unproductive and dysfunctional behaviors.