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You may not be aware that in order to get your Psychology Degree you have to pass a Statistics (Stats) course.  I walked into my Stats class one day and, as usual in group settings, I sat close to the front.  We had an amazing Professor, so amazing she was able to make stats fun!  She often offered us ways to gain a couple of percentage points and this one day she had a name and contact information on the whiteboard.  She informed us that the Psychology Department was conducting a research project regarding overcoming fears.  She said we could increase our mark by 2% if we participated.  Well, it didn’t take me long to jump on that bandwagon.  First of all, I could use all the extra marks I could get (statistics is not my strong point), and secondly, I had a fear I’d love to overcome.  I’d been afraid of flying stinging insects for years.  I was assigned a graduate student in the research project to work with, and the process began.  I was successful in overcoming the fear, even visiting a bee farm with the student.  A few years later I was able to send him a picture to bring him up to date on my progress.  You can see the picture in the link to this blog.


Fear comes in all shapes and sizes, and I’ve seen plenty of it in some clients I’ve worked with as they struggled toward a career, new or old.  There’s been fear of approaching strangers, fear of losing a job, fear of leaving a job, fear of not getting a job, fear of rejection…the list goes on and on.  I have always enjoyed Ziz Ziglar’s definition of fear.  He used it as an acronym for “False Evidence Appearing Real”.  As a person who has overcome a fear, I can tell you that it originates in the mind and is either kept alive or silenced in the mind.  I use a number of methods and tools to work with people in overcoming fear and have found that once a client overcomes the fear of overcoming a fear, they’ve often been successful in achieving their career goals.


To read about the process I went through in the research project (and for a look at that picture) click here.


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