Facing Your Work Fears

Everyone has fears—spiders, heights, you name it. But in addition to personal fears, people can have professional fears, too. Facing them is important for professional development, but it isn’t always easy. What’s the best way to do so?

Tackle them head on. If presenting to large groups of people scares you, offer to teach an internal class or speak at a team meeting. If sending emails company-wide or to important distribution lists is intimidating, offer to take on the responsibility. If using a certain computer program seems like a daunting and complicated task, offer to take over the project that utilizes it.

Don’t let the fear of something keep you from learning or developing professionally. Doing something that scares you is the best way to become comfortable with it. Further, repetition should reduce your fear as you become more comfortable with whatever it is. After all, more often than not, we fear something because it is new or unknown. Plus, facing your fears is a great way to show your boss and co-workers you’re up for a challenge and want to learn something new.