Talking Ourselves Out Of Fear
Leaders with a growth mindset embrace challenges and persist, even when things get tough. They see feedback as a chance to learn and they understand every failure is an opportunity to grow.
If we adopt a growth mindset we seek to understand why we might have failed at something and are able to respond quickly. However, if we have a fixed mindset, we see failure as being linked to our individual identity, making it much harder to bounce back.
Leading with courage is our ability to maintain authenticity and integrity in the face of fears or dangers that arise from standing up for what we believe in. Leading with self-awareness requires us to become familiar with negative self-talk such as feeling ‘less than’ or thinking someone else is ‘better than’ us. This is a sign we are feeling fearful, frustrated, stressed or angry and need to listen to the message our body is sending before acting.
“Fear of failure can have surprisingly harsh consequences for our well-being.”
- Arthur C. Brooks, in his column in The Atlantic, Go ahead and Fail
How can you change your self-talk today?
You can read more in my latest book, Head & Heart: The Art of Modern Leadership, which is available everywhere.