Anxiety Is A Fact Of Life � How You Use It Makes The Difference!
We associate anxiety with fear, stress, and instability. We are
afraid we can�t understand or manage our anxiety, so we avoid, deny,
or medicate it. And we refuse to see our anxiety as a major source
of energy in or lives and our organization, says Robert Rosen�s
article in UU World magazine, �Do you have just enough
He believes the problem lies with our faulty thinking. Change and
uncertainty make us anxious. We see anxiety as negative, as a sign
of weakness, so we do whatever we can to a void it. Therefore, we
have to avoid change and uncertainty.
This thinking comes from centuries of viewing change as dangerous.
It comes from medical models that frame anxiety as a mental health
problem. And it comes from years of outmoded thinking that ignores
the human side of business and life.
But anxiety has a place in leadership and life:
It�s time to embrace change and uncertainty as facts of life. We
need to let go of our desire for stability, take an honest look at
what we can and can�t control, and accept with we discover.
We and use our healthy anxiety as a positive force for growth, Our
anxiety is exactly what we need to deal with the ups and downs of
life. It can prompt us to make healthy changes in our lives, take
advantage of unforeseen opportunities, or confront difficult issues.
We just need the right amount of it.
Just enough anxiety is the key to living and leading in our complex
world. Just enough anxiety is the level of anxiety that drives us
forward without causing us to resist, give up, or try to control
what happens. It unleashes our productive energy and makes us want
to do better. Just enough anxiety produces the optimal state of
arousal that enables us to become the people we truly are and want
It�s time to rethink our understanding of change and uncertainly and
our ability to manage it in our lives. It�s time to reframe our
perspective on anxiety.
To keep our minds open we must deepen our self-awareness, make
learning a lifelong priority, and practice non-attachment, the art
of letting go of preconceived notions we have about who we are. We
need to admit our mistakes, ask difficult questions of ourselves,
have the courage to change patterns that don�t work, and avoid
rehashing the past or rehearsing the future.
When we become attached to the ways things are, we sabotage our
efforts to live with uncertainty. Our attachment to stability causes
us to magnify or suppress our anxiety when circumstances start to
change, as they always will. Only when we allow ourselves to feel
our insecurity, discomfort, confusion, and pain can we moderate our
lever of anxiety. And only then can we make the most of change.