Let Your Inhibitions Be Your Guide

We all have reservations.

I’m afraid of not saying the right thing at the right time.
I freeze up when I have to make decisions.
I obsess over my health because I’m afraid of getting sick.
I’m terrible at asking for help.
Public speaking is the worst for me.
I sometimes get nervous on the phone.
I’m afraid of not being happy.
Networking events sometimes make me anxious.
I’m also afraid of failure.

But if I never faced these uncomfortable situations in my life- if I was ALWAYS afraid of failing- I would end up stuck.

Recognize your inhibitions to overcome them

The purpose of this post is to get you thinking about the things you’re afraid of, and how they impact your life on a daily basis. Once you recognize these challenges, it becomes easier to work around them. Are there certain situations that make you nervous or uncomfortable, such as making a follow-up call to an interview, approaching a professor for help outside of class, reaching out to a professional you admire, or attending a networking event?

While in college, I was not always the best at reaching outside my comfort zone, and it’s easier to see in hindsight. Now, I want to pass my advice onto you all.

Don’t wait for opportunities to knock on your door—be proactive in developing relationships and seeking opportunities. It may be difficult, but putting yourself in situations that challenge you can only make you stronger and help you shine in your classes, extracurriculars, and jobs/internships.

To move forward, we have to be willing to take risks. We must learn to face our fears, no matter how big or small, to find success.

Are your inhibitions keeping you from moving forward? Are they hindering your personal brand?


Cassie is a May 2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison Ag Journalism graduate. She recently unfolded her passion for public relations during her short stint as a PR consultant for a Madison, Wis. area non-profit and is looking to dive into the field professionally. Find Cassie on TwitterBrazenCareerist, and LinkedIn.

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One Response to “Let Your Inhibitions Be Your Guide”

  1. avatar Jack Jackson says:

    Sure. The ‘what’s holding me back’ and ‘what the problem is’ questions are two most basic coaching questions.

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