Worry is a voice, only that
It’s the end of the day, you’ve spent the last hour putting this presentation together.
It’s due Monday, but you know better. You got the copy out to your mentor three days back with notes, and with the amendments done, it’s time to ship.
Damn it. Right as you are putting together the email, the voice in the back of your mind comes alive
- “They aren’t going to like this.”
- “Sheryl, my mentor, wouldn’t have marked this up so much if she liked it.”
- “Is this even going to go?”
Just like that, all the work you’ve put in seemed useless.
The self-destructive voice of worry has made its appearance.
Our emotional views, in particular with the power of a deadline, can get loud.
The key thing for us to remember, in the world or professionalism is, the worry is a voice. It requires a reframe.
Take a moment and take a breath, and take a second to reframe the discussion in your head. When worry has those statements and questions, here are some reframes you can use:
- I did a fantastic job; I followed my rituals and habits.
- Sheryl wants me to get better, or she wouldn’t have spent time working on this.
- They trust me to explore
Worry may be a voice; it isn’t the only one, though.