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What You Shouldn't Be Afraid Of At Work
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Being afraid of work appears to be a normal thing. People want to avoid difficulties as much as possible and would prefer doing things the easy way if that's available to them. However, we can't really avoid doing work if we want to survive and enjoy some of the good things in life. That's why we should make sure to welcome challenges that will stretch our skills and open us up to new opportunities.

Even if you're not afraid of work itself, however, there may be some things that you are afraid of doing at work. For example, some people are afraid to speak up at meetings. Meetings can be quite intimidating especially if you're meeting with the superiors in the company or when everybody appears to have brilliant ideas and you feel as though you have little to contribute. There are some times when you feel you have a good suggestion or idea, but you can't express it because other people are either talking more loudly or you're worried that what you have to offer isn't good enough. Some people can't speak up during meetings because they don't know how to get people's attention and think that others will just drown them out. The important thing to remember in this situation is that any feedback is valuable and what you have to say or ask will be able to move the discussion further. You can step into the conversation simply by raising your hand or saying, "Excuse me" loudly; meetings aren't the time for you to be mumbling and fading into the background. The important thing to remember is that your input and questions are valuable, and that should give you the confidence to speak up; you may very well be saying something that's also on other people's minds.

Then there are also some people who are afraid to ask questions or for clarifications. Generally, people want to come across as knowledgeable experts and think that asking questions means that they didn't understand a topic or an instruction. However, feigning knowledge will only cause problems down the line when you start working on a project and aren't 100% clear on what you should be doing. It's always better to ask questions when you can to prevent potential problems. Remember that there's nothing wrong with doing so, and it shows that you're interested in doing things the right way.

And of course, there's the inevitable nervousness about doing a presentation at work. Relaxing is practically out of the question in this case. It might be a good idea for you to refocus your attention: rather than think that you're being judged or that you will do poorly, you should consider your audience instead. They are there to learn from you, so you have to make sure that you are giving them useful information. Knowing your material inside out will also give you more confidence during your presentation.

It's quite normal to be nervous about certain things at work. But that's no reason for you to avoid them permanently. You will need to do them at some point, so it's time for you to develop some confidence through coaching and to remember that they're all just part of the job.


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