During these ever changing times, I’m reminded of some of my early days in training. Not really knowing what I was doing, unsure of my future in the industry and unclear if I had the goods to make it work. 18 years later, it occurs to me that self-doubt; that “little nagging voice” has a lot to answer for! I was (and if I’m honest, sometimes continue to be) my own worst enemy. Undermining my self-belief and catastrophising that which had not yet happened.
So, at times like these I go back to basics. I ask myself “what is in my gift here?”, “what choices am I making in terms of my thoughts and actions?” and “how helpful are those responses?”. We know anxiety is normal, our brains respond to a threat or danger by releasing stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Even if we have imagined the danger, these hormones cause the physical symptoms of anxiety. Once the threatening situation has stopped, our bodies will usually return to normal. How great would it be if we could get through that process more quickly? If we could control those feelings that otherwise control us?
There is a simple tool, a quick, 2 minute tool that can help us put our energies into the right things at the right time…..all we need to do is apply it.