1. Change something every day.  It may be as simple as sitting in
    a different chair at home, or moving your desk slightly to get a new
    perspective.  It keeps you on your toes and gets you used to change.
  2. What is your greatest fear?  Write down what is your greatest
    fear at work e.g. doing a presentation to the Board of Directors, meeting people
    and then not remembering their names, being made redundant, looking stupid in
    front of colleagues – then ask yourself – What is the worst that could happen if
    that situation occurred? – How would I overcome this?  If you are able to think
    through a situation ahead of time and find a potential solution it makes it less
    scary. That’s what we did prior to our expedition to the North Pole.
  3. Accept that fear is in all of us.  Once you acknowledge that
    everyone has fears and it’s a natural part of life, you can look at them
    differently.  Think about how you can make fear a positive thing that works for
    you. For example, it might cause you to do more prep for that presentation, or
    create a way of remembering people’s names.
  4. Change the word you use from fear to curiosity.  Whilst fear may bring on one type
    of emotion, try using the word curiosity instead.  This can open you up to want
    to gain understanding of something you have no knowledge or experience of, and
    is often associated with anticipation or enthusiasm.
  5. Look for a physical challenge.  Many people enjoy pushing their
    boundaries by embarking on a physical activity such as rock climbing or
    trekking.   Make a commitment to do something new this year – there are some
    fabulous places I recommend – Go Ape www.goape.co.uk is a great day out and will
    get your heart racing.  What about going to Greenland for an expedition?  www.tangent-expeditions.co.uk
    or go for something more extreme with my friend, adventurer Nigel Gifford www.nigelgifford.co.uk/Signature.html
  6. Relax, and reflect.  Stepping out your comfort zone does not
    always have to be about activity. For some of you the challenge might be to slow
    down, relax and take time for yourself.  I recommend Witherdens Hall www.witherdenshall.co.uk/ a
    wonderful organic retreat, for a relaxing and reflective stay – you can even
    enjoy the magnetic bed!
  7. Don’t be on your own.  Find a way to share your fears
    with others because by doing so shows you are human and vulnerable.  This takes
    courage but also can help build rapport with others.

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