First, take a hard look at yourself. Identify any of the eight traps into which you’ve fallen. Descriped in Part One of this series, they are:
- Driven to achieve results
- Highly motivated
- Addicted to positive feedback
- Passionate about work
- Safe risk takers
Which traps escalate your anxieties and cause you to engage in unproductive behaviors?
Next, adopt new practices that give you the courage to step out of your comfort zone. This isn’t easy, and it won’t happen overnight. Many leaders require help from a trusted peer, mentor or coach.
It’s a hard truth, but the talent and skills that got you “here” won’t take you “there.” Your best thinking may not be enough. As intelligent as you may be, you simply cannot know what you don’t know.
If you’re smart and ambitious, you likely have a coach or have experience with one at some point in your career. It’s time to review or renew your coaching relationship.
Tomorrow: Steps to freeing yourself.