Facing New Endeavors and The Tension That Comes With It
When we set out to do things that haven’t been done before, healthy tension will always shadow us. ~ Amy Jo Martin
If you never dare to fail you are guaranteed never to see success. It’s very common for someone embarking on a new endeavor to feel fear and tension as they get closer to their plans actually becoming a reality. It’s even more common for fifty percent of those people to abandon the idea due to the fear and tension of possible failure. Entrepreneurs find it hard to walk away from the opportunity to see their dreams become a reality. They are not immune to the tension that comes with fear of failure, but they do not underestimate their ability to recover from failure, allowing them to move forward with opportunities.
Take the power out fear by understanding how it affects you. Walking into the unknown is the major source of fear. There is no way to know what the outcome of an endeavor will be, so analyze ways that you can control the tension that comes with it. Seeing the whole picture will help you see through the fear make the logical decision to keep going.
The Endeavors You May Be Facing:
Tension appears every time something changes in our life. When we have to adapt to a new situation we have the choice of seeing it as positive or negative. Some life situations that we face:
- Starting a new business, Going into a partnership, Taking on a big client, Taking your business global, Giving a speech, Quitting a job, Learning a new skill, Changing career paths, Moving to a new state/country, Traveling alone.
The Tension That Comes With It:
Immediately following the emotional feeling of tension are the thoughts that drive how we react. In most cases we sift through the negative before we allow the positive to penetrate. Some of the thoughts that feed tension:
- Failure, Not being understood, Not being heard , Not knowing enough, Your moving too fast, Your moving too slow, Too young, Too old, It’s never been done, It’s already been done, Too out dated, Too innovative.
Control The Tension:
I am the master of my fate. Famous words but true. We have the power within ourselves to boldly face new endeavors and turn the usual negative tension that comes with it into positive nuggets that give us more strength to follow through. Some things we can do to control tension:
Gratitude. Whenever you feel fear, switch it over to what you are grateful for instead.
Keep A Journal. Getting your fears out of your head and down on paper releases you from constantly thinking of them.
Communicate. Don’t throw a pity party, but find a friend or family member who you can share what your feeling with.
Perspective. Put negative thoughts in perspective. Focusing on the negative will block out any positives that are present.
Pray/ Meditate. Seek inward guidance to overcome your fear and tension. Hear the inner voice that speaks positive truths.
More Sleep. A well rested mind and body is clear of the fogginess and better able to challenge tension.
Try Yoga. Fear, tension or any negative energy can get trapped in your body. Yoga allows you to breathe and mentally release it.
Try a Getaway. Give yourself time away from the situation. Spend a few days in an atmosphere far outside endeavor.
Using tension as a positive, rather than viewing it as negative is the ultimate secret weapon of entrepreneurs and people who carry out their dreams. Used to your advantage, tension produces the best problem-solving and clear decision-making at the most fearful times in your life. Commit to understanding tension and taking on the unique perspective of controlling a negative emotion . The benefits of mastering tension will be seen in the success of every endeavor you face head on and conquer.