In honour of International Panic Day today, Kat was contemplating how she felt when she was asked to do something she wasn’t sure how to tackle.
I had recently been given the task of designing the graphics for some exhibition panels on our stall at the CIPD Learning and Development show in London, which I must admit sent me into a bit of a panic. Now I’m not one for shying away from tasks or projects with which I’m not familiar; in fact, it seems to be part and parcel of working here at Rambutan. We pride ourselves on our ability and willingness to face a challenge, be it client-based, office-related, or just in general life. However, my newly-found design skills, using software I’m still getting to grips with, didn’t feel, to me, anywhere near enough to get me through the task of creating an eye-catching, info-laden graphic display which would be roughly 2.5 meters high by 3 meters wide per panel! Craig wrote a blog on ‘Scaring yourself‘ a while ago, which highlights the importance of doing something that scares you as often as possible, in order to stretch yourself and avoid falling into a rut. Well, my project turned out to be a shining example of this! Despite the fear, trepidation and downright panic I felt at the beginning, as I embarked on my project, with the support of both my colleagues at work, and the lovely people ‘in the know’ at Bang On graphics who only needed to give me the spec to work to, my graphic display ended up being everything I wanted it to be, and received a lot of positive comments at the show. Thinking https://premier-pharmacy.com back, I realise that just because I’d been asked to do something I’d never done before, it didn’t mean that the task would necessarily be difficult, or even anything particularly different to what I was used to already. It was my lack of confidence in my own capabilities that scared me the most and created my panic. So what helped me through?
- plenty of time. Of course, this isn’t always possible, but generally, if I can plan plenty of time for projects, I feel more confident that I have time to sort a contingency plan should things not go quite as hoped…
- loads of support. My colleagues at work are always there to help, be it when I need to delegate, or as moral support when I need an opinion on my design, or ideas when I need inspiration, or even making me a cup of tea!
- the knowledge that it’s absolutely ok to ask for help! Sometimes a molehill can seem like a mountain when you’re unsure of how to go about a task, but on simply asking for help from someone ‘in the know’ the mountain shrinks right back to the molehill it always was.
My experience has left me with an enormous sense of achievement and pride, and is also a great addition to my skills base for CVs, social media profiles and suchlike. I’m looking forward to the next one already…because I know that each time I tackle something different, it gets easier for the next time. Have you got a scary project on the go? How do you tackle tasks which fill you with fear? I’d love to hear your thoughts.