Originally uploaded by holgalicious
Being afraid of what might happen is normal. Taking a chance wouldn't matter as much if no one was afraid. The key is to keep from allowing that natural, initial fear from paralyzing you.
- You stay at that drag of a job because you're afraid of what might happen if you start looking for something else. You might not find a better job. You might not be happier in a new job.
- You tolerate mediocrity in the workplace because you're afraid of what might happen if you began demanding more. People might get upset. People might quit. People might think your expectations impossible to achieve.
- You ban all forms of social media in your workplace because you're afraid a rogue employee might Tweet something negative. You might have to deal with an employee who abuses their Internet privileges. You might have an employee who becomes bigger than your brand.
- What if you do find a better job? What if you're able to find your dream job? What if you're able to find a much better paying job?
- What if everyone on the team began to excel? What if you refused to accept mediocrity and then because of your example everyone else began to do everything thing could to get the project finished? What if people didn't get angry and quit, but instead appreciated you setting the bar high?
- What if you didn't stifle your employee's voices and instead they were able to Tweet positive things about their job? Would they be more likely to be positive if they weren't silenced, but instead encouraged to be ambassadors for your brand? What if you placed some trust in your employees to make the right decisions?