Anxiety and Decision Making

by : Todd Royer

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Anxiety and Decision Making

We all know people who can keep their cool. Levelheaded peopleare exceptional. They stand out because they don't show anxiety.But butterflies are a natural part of life. Maybe showing yourfeelings isn't always appropriate or to your benefit, butfeeling your feelings is always important. And, making friendswith your anxiety is a key to good decision-making.

So what's the difference between a cool-headed person and aperson who can make good decisions under pressure? Wellsometimes they're the same person, but when they're not, thedifference is how each uses emotional energy while makingdecisions. The decision-maker works with his or her feelings touse them as part of the decision-making process, while the coolcustomer expends energy suppressing his or her feelings. It's asubtle difference, but it's real.

When I talk to job candidates before their interviews, I alwaysdiscuss butterflies. I hope the candidate has uncomfortablefeelings. She should feel slightly nervous. As a job candidate,she's going to be judged. Since she is pursuing somethingvaluable her body should register anxiety...hopefully not toomuch. The secret to being emotionally available for theinterview is not to let those nervous feelings get in the way.Make friends with your butterflies. Use the butterflies toremind you of something important for the interview.

Anxiety is important for more than just interviews. Learning tobring feelings into all your business interactions will helpevery decision you make, including career development decisions.

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