These are our three common responses to anxiety. They were hardwired into our biological makeup in order to heighten the possibility of our survival when finding ourselves face to face with a sabre tooth tiger. Whilst our world has evolved to effectively eradicate the original sabre tooth tiger attacks, our response wiring to such-like anxious moments has not evolved. As business leaders, we live in our own world of sabre tooth tigers. They lie in wait for us in the forms of cash flow holes, staff issues, industry changes, supplier issues and digital overload, to name a few.
So how do we transition our deep instinctive reactions to effectively meet the business challenges that each new year has in store for us? None of the three default reactions are ideal and because our reactions really do define most of our outcomes, it’s worth considering some inner “override” programming.
Here is what I do;