Day 24: Transform Stress into Courage and Confidence
The power of being prepared is super effective to build confidence and reduce stress.
We all have times when we don’t feel confident or are even stressed and worried about what we’re supposed be doing.
Often the reason why we worry is that we’re not certain what we should be doing.
For example, when you first start a new job, it’s hard to feel confident, particularly if you don’t know much about the job and what’s expected of you.
The same goes for other new or unusual tasks as well.
When we are not prepared, it’s harder to feel confident. That’s when stress and anxiety starts to kick in.
The solution is simple. Be prepared.
Never underestimate the power of being prepared!
Do what you can to prepare for the situation.
There are so many benefits of effective planning, and one of them is feeling empowered and more in control.
The action of preparing alone will make you feel less stressed and more confident.
How to Use the Power of Being Prepared
Of course the new knowledge you learn and the skills you’re acquiring while you’re preparing don’t hurt either.
Start by learning more about what is expected of you.
Talk to the person in charge of hiring you for the new job.
Chat with future colleagues.
You can even have the person currently holding your job give you a quick rundown, and take a tour of the new job site.
You can do this same “initial information gathering” in any other situation where being more prepared will be helpful.
If you’re becoming a new parent there is a LOT you can do!
Take classes, read books, hang out with parents of babies, and do a little babysitting yourself to gain experience.
If you’re getting ready to spend time in a new country, learn some of the language, meet a few people from there, study the culture, and try some of the food.
You get the idea, right?!
Why Is Being Prepared Important?
Another good way to look at this is to figure out what you don’t know yet.
Once you have that information, it becomes easier to determine what you need to learn, and then start studying and gaining experience.
This whole idea goes back to what we’ve talked about in a previous post.
The fear of the unknown is much greater than when we sit down and figure out what we don’t know precisely.
Once you know what you don’t know, you can start to take action and that’s always one of the best confidence boosters.
Give it a try the next time you’re in a situation where you don’t know what to do.
Instead of letting fear and worry take over, take charge by figuring out what’s expected of you and start learning as much as you can about it.
It’s a strategy that’s served me well over the years, and I’m sure it will work for you too.