How to overcome the fears by which you are blocked

 

When we look back at our childhood, we surely can remember all those fun adventures which were powerful, exciting and thrilling. Moments, in which our parents supported us and we were free to be afraid, while always knowing that we would be safe.

Autorin: ein Gastartikel von Helga Pattart-Drexler
(Head of Executive Education, WU Executive Academy)

These included:

  • Riding on a rollercoaster
  • Climbing up the tallest trees in the neighborhood
  • Swimming between “sharks” (big fish) and waves that felt higher than skyscrapers
Everyday adventures

When we get older, we try to build up our own secure environment and we tend to forget the inspiring, thrilling moments in which we can prove our courage!

Yet what most of us adults don’t know is that there is a lot to learn from this thrill that comes from uncertainty.

If you bear with us for a couple of minutes, you can get an idea of how to get more of that thrill in your everyday life and how to use this as a powerful instrument for creativity, fun and inspiration.

1. First of all, do something that you are really afraid of.

Some small challenges could be:

  • Take a ride on a rollercoaster
  • Hold a Ted Talk
  • Talk in a foreign language in front of your boss
⇒ Hint: Business context or not, keep your eyes open to find that little extra adventure.

It is exciting, isn’t it? Still, and this is important in this phase, you are not really responsible – so you can try different things while enjoying the moment. If these examples aren’t thrilling enough, look for your own exciting experiments à Enjoy the “extra kick”!

2. Do more of the things that you have been anxious about for far too long.

You will see, it gets easier and more and more useful – and somehow, you will find yourself looking for even more of these scary yet exciting situations.

  • Give emotional feedback to your head
  • Try parachute jumping
  • Try to pitch in front of your customer, colleagues and/or your boss

⇒ Embedded into a business context, this will unleash innovative power!

3. In the next phase, try something new:

Ask one of your colleagues to give you a challenge focusing on your daily business, but with the extra ingredients of “fear” & excitement – plus, it will be your responsibility!

Reflect on the following questions:

  • What is going on with you?
  • What do you think about it?
  • And even more importantly: How does it make you feel?
⇒ Hint: Finding that special challenge which fits into your daily business is not easy, but it is a powerful tool to discover your inner strength!

Try to overcome the first intuitive resistance and dive into the new challenge. Creativity, innovation and inspiration will automatically come to you while thinking about possible solutions

Some rules:

  • Try it.
  • Ask for feedback
  • Nothing is true or false, it is your own personal solution.
  • Do it again and again.
⇒ Hint: It is also a challenge to find a good task for someone else. 🙂

4. Attention: Addictive potential

Once you start to make this a regular thing, you will want more of these “kicks” in your life because you learn how to deal with the thrill. You will know how to turn them into innovative power and creativity, which leaves you feeling strong and empowered. You will want to do all the things you have always wanted to do. Unleash that adrenaline junkie that is inside you! 🙂

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Gast-Autorin

Helga Pattart-Drexler is Head of Executive Education at the WU Executive Academy and designs various learning programs for international companies and industries with her team. She studied Adult Education and has a broad range of experience in the field of education, personnel and organizational development as well as coaching.  
www.executiveacademy.at