In this week’s MondayMotivator:
- The power of self-preparation
- Embracing courage
- Removing the fear of failure
A story. Slightly exaggerated to get the point across.
David was a computer salesman extremely competent in the technical aspect of computers. Yet, each time before meeting a prospective client he would give himself a negative self-prep-talk, “I am scared and I know I am going to blow this sale. I always mess these meetings up.”
What he was doing was convincing himself of failure before he had even met the person.
He had built a fear barrier.
Even with this self-talk, David was successful but he knew he could be better. So, one day he decided enough was enough. He explained to his manager what happens and that he thought he could do better.
His manager turned the scenario around by showing David how to edify himself more and turn his fear into courage. He said courage isn’t a rare quality; it is just not practised enough.
You must face up to fear or foe and not hide. Stop taking everything lying down. It is courage that will support you in times of doubt and trial. Simple courage ‘to try again’ is all you require when things go wrong or when you don’t make it the first time.
Embracing the thrill of new ventures requires a willingness to take risks, be it financial or facing potential criticism. While trying something with little hope of success involves the risk of failure, not trying guarantees missed opportunities.
By summoning courage, eliminating fear, and approaching new endeavours with confidence, individuals empower themselves to take decisive action. Fostering an environment where success becomes attainable and personal growth is realised is a key management strategy to growing a successful company.
Here is the advice David’s manager gave him.
Begin to develop courage by giving yourself a positive pep talk on what you can do not on what you cannot do. Practise self-edification – self-edification is the practice of uplifting oneself through positive affirmations and encouragement for personal growth.
Remind yourself of your strengths and achievements. For instance, tell yourself, “I will face and overcome difficult situations with courage, which will support me every day.”
To be courageous start small and reward yourself as you hit the milestones you’ve set. That positive encouragement will move you towards your goals at a much faster pace.
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