Career Anxiety: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

How to Deal with Workplace Anxiety

Workplace anxiety getting the best of you? You’ve got enough to worry about without additional fear of losing your job, right? The last thing you need is to let your anxiety get the best of you, so that you lose your job as a result.

In this article for Ask Annie at Fortune / CNN, Anne Fisher talks with two experts, Deborah Brown-Volkman and GMP’s own David Kaiser, about how to stay calm and effective and do your best, even when the company or the economy is on a roller coaster.

Money quote:

“Career fear is normal. You wouldn’t be human without it.” She adds that many of her clients share your anxiety, but “they tell me they shouldn’t be afraid. I ask them why they would put so much pressure on themselves — to expect something that unrealistic. It’s much better to expect fear, so you can learn how to manage it.”

So, how do you do it? Here’s the short version, look at the full article for more detail:

  1. Articulate exactly what you fear
  2. Make a Plan B
  3. Take good care of your health
  4. Start right now

There’s nothing wrong with feeling fear, but be sure to let it energize you instead of paralyze you.

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About Dave Kaiser

David Kaiser, PhD, ACC is an Executive Coach and Relationship Coach. His areas of expertise include Time Management and Productivity, Managing Conflict, Leadership, Innovation and Creativity, Living a Passionate and Spiritual Life, and Personal Branding and Marketing. His clients are typically either executives at small consulting firms, or female executives who are tired of being "men" at work and want to recast their career to better match their lives. You can learn more about him at www.DarkMatterConsulting.com or follow him at @DarkMatterCon,  FaceBook.com/DarkMatterConsulting or GooglePlus.

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