You're asked a question in a big meeting and your mind goes blank.
You completely forgot to follow up on an issue and the information is due in 5 minutes.
You realize you are in over your head with an assignment and have no idea where to turn...paralysis sets in...and your credibility begins to evaporate.
Now before you do something rash like quit your job because you don't think you'll be popular anymore and won't have any 'friends' at work consider these points:
- you're not going to die because you've hit a rough patch
- you actually can do the work if you remove some of that self-talk clutter from your mind and start attacking the issue one little step at a time
- you can reach out to your colleagues for help...that's what real colleagues do...they help each other
Once the wave of anxiety has washed over you...and you've decided that your entire career is over and there is no hope for you professionally...
...get your head back on straight and start building your plan.
What needs to be addressed immediately? Write it down. Map out the deadlines and the resources you'll need to get there.
Who can help you? Who also has a vested interest in this issue being executed successfully?
Find those people. Talk with them. Write everything down.
Think about how your mind has shifted. You have now documented a preliminary action plan, have connected with important internal resources to get the necessary results, and most importantly, are now back in charge.
This can not be overstated. Your mood will change. Your confidence level will change. And, by the way, the results will change dramatically from where you started.
How About You
Is it going to be hard sometimes? Yes. Is it going to be embarrassing sometimes? Yes. Is it going to be worth it? Absolutely.
I'd love to hear from you.