Anxiety and our careers are typically not actions we picture in perfect harmony and almost certainly not the magic formula for building a successful career.
Despite who we are, when we hear the word anxiety our minds are immediately consumed with thoughts on all things unpleasant, negative and counterproductive.
That is because its a feeling we can all relate to in one way or another.
It also seems there are many blogs and forums which focus on how anxiety destroys your work life, promotions and relationships with co-workers.
They then go on to feature methods on how to control, mask and almost fight your worry in a desperate bid to save your reputation.
All the negative information circulating the internet on anxiety only encourages and fuels its negative reputation more.
Although well meaning, this approach feels very counter productive as fighting and masking anxiety only feeds the vicious cycle that fuels it more.
Furthermore it can be very downhearting to the one in three people out there who have developed this state of mind as a part of there everyday life.
Although I acknowledge anxiety can often lead to struggles and set backs, I am here to challenge its negative reputation.
As a strong believer on always seeking out and acknowledging the positives in every aspect of life, i have found there are also benefits to being a worrier by nature when it comes to your career and here’s how.
Worrying Gets The Job Done
If you are so laid back your horizontal then chances are you wont sweat the minor details of your work life.
For those who do worry (a tad too much) then productivity is a skill set you are much more likely to possess.
Worrying about the negative consequences and evaluations of not completing a task means we are much more likely to get on it and get it done to provide us relief from that worry.
Even minor tasks that many may consider not important can become high priority to an anxious person which makes the keen to get the job done attitude and dedication impressive, particularly to others.
Anxiety in general has been strongly linked to savvy organisation skills but why? When we worry we are deeply aware of our surroundings and are always thinking one step ahead.
We are strongly aware of what ‘could’ go wrong in any given situation, therefore planning and time management is a way to avoid any potential disasters or mishaps.
Its another way of providing relief from our worries.
This mind-set works particularly well for management roles or jobs that carry hefty organisation.
In a previous blog of mine on ‘Anxiety? 5 Reasons To Celebrate Being A Constant Worrier’, I touched on how worrying about what others think might not nessercerly be such a bad thing, particularly when it comes to the workplace.
This is because wanting to get along with others and be liked creates a more positive and productive work environment to be a part of.
Check out the link to my previous blog on anxiety below!
People pleasing may also be a great motivator when working in a strong customer facing role.
Clients will simply love individuals who are keen to please and will go that extra mile for them. After all everybody likes to be made to feel special.
Knowing we have made a positive impact on a client can bring about a great sense of joy and personal achievement.
Think Outside The Box
Excessive worry often comes with over thinking and over analysing of just about everything.
However Instead of dwelling on racing thoughts use those moments to envision and create ingenious ideas and thoughts no body else has!
So next time your at work and feeling as if your anxiety is having a negative impact on your role just remember it can help you be more organised, productive, customer focused and even think outside the box.