02 Nov 5 Fears Successful People Never Let Get The Best Of Them
via Forbes by Tony Ewing
The old cautionary saying, “don’t let your emotions get the best of you,” has some science to it. Whether it’s a negative emotion, like anger, or a positive one, like happiness, allowing your emotions to hold sway can bias your decisions.
Moreover, few emotions are as powerful in influencing how you think and what you do as fear.
Fear often comes upon us secretly, affecting us mysteriously. Only when it is too late do we realize fear has taken hold of us. We see that fear paralyzed us when we should have acted or made us impulsive when we should have been restrained.
By-and-large, successful people are aware of this double-edged sword. There are some fears they don’t even entertain, choosing instead to let their avoidance of them energize their efforts. In that connection, here are 7 fears successful people never let get the best of them:
- The fear of taking risk. Successful people realize success typically comes at great risk. Part of this is tied up in the principle of hard work. Hard work—including, long hours, big and detailed plans, major investments—may never pay off. The benefit is discipline, practice, experience, but it might not come in the form of profits, promotion, bonus or direct success. Nonetheless, successful people are willing to take this risk because they see it as necessary. Even the chance that hard work will lead to success is better than the certainty that not working hard—or putting in a lackluster effort—will lead to failure. Successful people don’t fear risk: they embrace it.
- The fear of underperforming. Successful people realize they can drop the ball, underperform or completely fail—and that’s okay. They try to do better next time, grapple with what comes, yes, but they don’t give in to fears of such things. And that is part of what differentiates them from people who never succeed at anything but have lots of “targets” and benchmarks. Indeed, science shows that having a reference point or benchmark to hit can often undermine performance due to its psychological feedback. For example, Bowman’s Paradox is the observation that top leaders often take excessive risks when in danger of underperforming. They see the target eluding them, so they become desperate and irrational to meet it. They “double-down”. If, instead, leaders ignore this fear and deal with the reality on the ground, they might actually turn things around and even beat the performance benchmarks….
… THIS IS JUST AS RELEVANT TO HAPPINESS AS IT IS TO SUCCESS; so to read the full and original article, just click HERE
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