Many young professionals are constantly afraid at work.
Common fears include, I’m afraid;
- That I’m not performing well;
- To speak up because I don’t think anyone will listen to or respect my opinions;
- My coworkers/boss don’t like me; and
- I’m not working as hard as my coworkers.
But no matter what it is, it all comes down to; I’m afraid I’m not good enough.
Many young pros don’t think their good enough simply because they’re new to the workforce, and don’t know what to expect from their job or themselves.
But young pros shouldn’t let that get to them.
I used to be paranoid and afraid all the time about making mistakes or not saying the right thing. But then I realized, I just need to be a little more sure of myself and the experience and skills I have to offer, and the rest will fall into place.
The ultimate defense to fear is confidence. If you can be confident enough in your skills, your initiative and yourself, then you have nothing to be afraid of. And although failure is one of the biggest workplace fears, it’s being confident enough that you’ll learn from failure and move forward that gets you past the fear of making mistakes.
So instead of being afraid, try being confident in what you have to offer your company, which is why you were hired. Start there and you’ll be surprised how fearless you can be.
What is/was your biggest fear as a young professional?