why you should start doing things that scare you at work

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Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to help you grow.
— Caroline Myss

Admittedly, I have never been shy. As a child, while my parents were playing softball, I would wander around the baseball park and invite myself to birthday parties. Which, during the summer, were very frequent. When the softball game was over my parents would have to go looking for me. More often than not, I would be discovered eating some random child’s birthday cake. My parents always apologized profusely, but no one ever seemed to mind having an extra child around.

Although me inviting myself to random birthday parties as a child is a strange example, it taught me to go for the things I wanted. The worst thing that could happen is that I would not get any birthday cake.

Moving ourselves out of our comfort zone is scary! However, it is also really rewarding. After all, if things don’t pan out the first time you have at least learned what didn’t work out. You are able to try again, but this time with more knowledge and often a better understanding of how to succeed. Failure is an opportunity to learn more.

how you can help yourself out of your comfort zone

  • Go to a company dinner to make new connections with others.
  • Offer to take the lead on a new project.
  • Pitch a new idea to your team or management.
  • Compliment or prompt a conversation with a coworker.
  • Face a fear head on — do a public presentation or give a speech.
  • Find out how you can improve by simply asking your coworkers or manager.
  • Ask questions if something is not clear.
  • Be willing to ask for help if and when you need it.
  • Take that vacation that you have been dreaming of.
  • Wear a new (work appropriate, of course) outfit that isn’t your usual style.
  • Try a new place to eat on your lunch break.
  • Discuss why you feel you have earned a promotion or a raise.

Doing something that scares you or makes you feel uncomfortable makes you feel more alive. You are able to prove to yourself that you can do it. Not to mention, it sets an amazing example for others.

When something scares you, it is often the very thing worth doing.

how to rock a job interview

rock a job interview

Interviews are both exciting and nerve-wracking. Trust me, I had three separate interviews this just this month. Each interview was for a career in a field that I had never been in before. Being nervous definitely makes it harder to be confident during the interview. So, how do you prepare yourself to rock a job interview?

Tips to rock a job interview:

01. Know the company and the position that you are applying for. Since I knew the career and job field I was wanting to enter, it made my research easier. Before applying for the position, I took the time to research the company and get a better understanding of its core ideas and values. Because of this, I was able to align my responses to match the company’s needs and wants.

02. Be early. I try to arrive about five to ten minutes early, no sooner and no later. If you arrive too early, there is the potential to become an inconvenience.

03. Dress to impress. For the job interview, you will want to dress appropriately for the industry. I made sure that my slacks and blazer were wrinkle-free and fit snug, but not tight. My hair and makeup were done, however not excessively. I wanted to maintain a very professional appearance. Even if the typical job wear is not professional, try to wear slacks and a business casual top.

04. Be confident, but not cocky. Confidence is key! Show your potential employer that you believe in yourself and that they should too.

05. Ask questions. Asking the interviewer pertinent questions is almost as important and answering them well. When thinking about which questions to ask, consider the following:

+ What would be the ideal candidate for this position?
+ Are there any areas that you feel I could improve upon?
+ What does a typical day look like for the position I am applying for?
+ Do you have any concerns about whether I would be a good fit for this position?

06. Send a thank you note. Doing so shows that you appreciate the resources and time that the company took to consider you for the job position. A thank you note will go a long way and will also help them remember you in a positive light.