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5 Ways to Overcome Your Most Common Fears About Work

Fear of Being Disliked

It's a human trait to seek the attention and praise of others.

When you genuinely find something to like in others, they usually respond in kind. Be friendly to everyone. Be confident you are a likable person.

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5 Ways to Overcome Your Most Common Fears About Work

5 Ways to Overcome Your Most Common Fears About Work

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Fear of Not Fitting In

The fear of rejection is ingrained in us.

Overcome this by understanding that people want to know you listen to their ideas and concerns.  Your team will appreciate knowing you will hear them out.

Fear of Feeling Stuck

You are able to rise above this fear. We all want to feel that we can be promoted and rewarded in a company.

Ask yourself: What does my boss’s boss want and need? How can I contribute with my skills, expertise and results?

Fear of Being Disliked

It's a human trait to seek the attention and praise of others.

When you genuinely find something to like in others, they usually respond in kind. Be friendly to everyone. Be confident you are a likable person.

Fear of Inadequacy/Failure

Fear of failure can make us reluctant to try new, challenging projects.

Remember there is no such thing as perfect. Be willing to try new things and do them imperfectly.

Fear of Being Fired

There are many reasons anyone can get fired: For example, the company can lose key customers. We can’t always control it, but we can plan for it. 

  • Know the industry and where your company fits in that market. 
  • Ask your boss what you can do to help alleviate workload and make progress with projects and goals.
  • Keep a list of your accomplishments so you can use them if you suddenly need to update your resume.

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Talk honestly and openly to someone about your tendencies and how you’re working on getting better.

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Find friends outside of work

If your only friends are your friends at work, it'll be more challenging to avoid work on evenings and weekends. If you do have coworkers as close friends, consider setting some boundaries around work talk.

Try to avoid getting drawn into office drama, as it will increase the time you spend talking and thinking about work.

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Also, don't say yes to everything. If you have a hard time saying no, don't respond immediately. Instead say, "Let me get back to you", or, "Let me think about that."

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