Everything you were taught about career paths was wrong
By acknowledging your anxiety and moving through the discomfort, you learn how to manage it instead of letting it control you.
For some people, the anxiety that comes with navigating a career can be unpleasant, but it can be debilitating for others.
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Divergent and dissident people are the key to growth and innovation. However, some leaders demonize the people who raise a problem instead of solving the problem that is raised.
Disruption, change, or growth is often the cause for the issues becoming uncomfortable.
Ask if management/key status reports explicitly name open issues that could significantly affect the future of the business?
Remind yourself that as uncomfortable as it is, when you no longer have answers, you get to start building what comes next.
Define the processes to work on gaps to solve difficult problems all the time. The fast market dynamic requires constant learners, adapting and growing and trying new things.
Study what percent of your time is spent working on bigger critical issues that seem unsolvable.
If you focus on getting the small stuff done but not the big stuff, or switch between tasks all the time, you’ll be less effective.
Pick one important thing to focus on at a time and learn to evaluate what tasks and projects are of higher value to you.
It's best done by focusing on the smallest first step and practicing just launching into that.
Pick the tiniest first step, and launch into it.
... is not the best thing to happen at work. It normally leads to a racing mind, emotional discomfort and increased blood pressure.
We may try to defend ourselves, or brush aside the feedba...
Unless it is completely uncalled for, negative feedback generally has the intention of informing us about our areas of improvement. If feedback isn’t provided, you may not grow and improve. If no one tells you that you are doing something wrong, you will keep doing it wrongly forever.
Providing timely feedback may be a sign that the manager cares and wants you to improve.
One should not be defensive when provided with negative feedback, and understand that it is for our own good.
One needs to act on the feedback by approaching it from a neutral and objective standpoint, not taking it as a personal attack. Instead of reacting, just pause and listen. Reflect on the feedback, giving yourself some time and space to respond with a level head.