Stress and Conflict – What’s the connection? The voice of fear. In either case we are listening to the voice of fear tell us about some inadequacy we believe is a part of our being.
Let me use an example from my own life to illustrate what I’m talking about.
When I first began in the workforce, many years ago, one of the jobs I had was that of a receptionist. Unfortunately, I was always stressed out and in turn had a number of conflicts within myself and with others. What I learned many years later was that the reason I was stressed is because I was trying to perform responsibilities that went totally against my personality preference. In other words, I was trying to be an extrovert.
The job of a receptionist with all if its interruptions and being the voice of hospitality is very difficult for an extreme introvert – which I am. The responsibilities drained all of my energy during the day and when I went home in the evening I had no energy left for family and this created conflict.
I listened to the voice of fear in taking the job. You see, I was fearful no one else would hire me and so I took the job. After all it was a pay check.
Listening to the voice of fear in any situation will bring about stress and conflict at some point.
Take a look inside – How are you listening to the voice of fear?
Try this exercise:
1. Sit in a quiet place with a pencil and paper.
2. Make a list of all the things that you fear.
3. Imagine the world these fears create.
4. Make a second list next to the first – change each fear to a positive affirmation
5. Imagine the world these affirmations create.
Which world do you want to live in?
Choose the world of love – You’re Worth It!