What Are You Afraid Of? | The Monday Morning Motivator

I was reading The National Post & saw this article  about a shark chasing a kayaker.

The reason this is interesting to me is I am the new proud owner of a new kayak, provided by one of our clients. Jodi is the founder of PaddleFit.  He made a transition from a teacher to writing a book & providing a company that helps with providing coaching & teaching about outdoor sport. He is also a distributor of Think Kayaks…which are a terrific kayak.


I also have fear about Sharks. My fear of sharks, came from seeing Jaws at the Drive-In just before our family went to Hawaii for 3 weeks (I had a rough childhood…)  Needless to say, I swam a little closer to the shore, and much more slowly (with a whole lot less thrashing about!). It sounds weird – one day I love swimming in the ocean, then two hours later, thanks to Steven Spielberg, I am not sure I want to put on my bathing suit.


How many people do you think have died due to an incident with a toaster over the past year? The answer: 891 globally. How many people have died over the past year due to a shark attack? The answer: 9 globally. You might want to be careful next time you go to put the peanut butter on your toast!


If so few people die due to shark attacks, why are so many people afraid of the ocean? It is our irrational fear that impacts our beliefs. The stats I presented above came from an ad that ran in a South African paper. The ad was meant to assuage people’s fear about swimming in the ocean. When I heard those stats, it gave me a new perspective on a common fear.


To be fair, shark attacks make for exciting news. An attack is magnified, and reported globally. It connects with some deeply held fears. So it is, in dealing with issues surrounding careers. You may have fears in which there is some truth. For example, you might have a fear of the interview process, and worry that you will fail before you even step through the door. Your lack of confidence could be the very thing that keeps you from landing that big job. However, with a little coaching and confidence-boosting, the interview process could easily prove to be a rewarding experience.


Dealing with shark fears:


1. You are not the only one to suffer from this fear.

2. Fear of sharks is an intense fear of something that poses little or no actual danger.


Dealing with career issues:


1. You are not the only one to suffer from fear of the job search.

2. There is little or no actual danger in your job search. In fact in a majority of cases you will end up in a better situation.


Continue the conversation on our Facebook page. In what way have you addressed your fears when dealing with career issues?


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Fearlessly, along the road with you!



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