Word-Of-the-Week #773: Trepidation

May 30, 2019 by  

Trepidation a state of fear or anxiety. 

How often have you felt trepidation? Is there something you need to confront that you just don’t want to do? How would it feel to just deal with it so it’s all over and done with?

Once again, Steve Strauss, author of STEVE’S 3-MINUTE COACHING, sent a very thought provoking piece!

Great Question: Fear To Hear?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)

“What do I fear to hear?” (Or see?) (Or experience?)

Coaching Point: This S3MC surfaced when I recently realized I was avoiding having a necessary, but probably unpleasant, conversation. As I projected the thought of it onto the future the imagined emotional energy felt really uncomfortable. Simply put, I didn’t want to experience it. So there I was, uncomfortable in what-was-so right now, yet unwilling to experience the (imagined) greater discomfort of having the conversation.

And that’s the key to moving forward – notice the cost of what you fear to hear (see/experience) and know it will continue to accrue until you act. The longer you delay taking action the greater the cumulative cost.

Of course, one time, long ago and far away, you put off taking action on an issue and it resolved itself. “Maybe it’ll magically happen again,” you tell yourself. Really? ‘Maybe’ is a winning strategy?

Not for people leading highly successful lives. They have learned the cumulative cost of putting off what they fear to hear is far greater than the cost of action.

Where in your past have you experienced the truth of this?

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This week’s focus is dealing with trepidation. How often have you put off doing or saying something that needs to be done? Is the cumulative cost affecting your emotional well being? How would it make you feel to take action and resolve it?

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