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What is the best advice you have heard from someone on overcoming anxiousness at a new job?

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John’s Answer

Gabriel your anxiousness is normal, once you start your new job there are a couple of easy actions you can take to make your anxiety disappear. When in a new environment, it is easy to stay quiet and just listen – which is okay, listening is great. But... sometimes you need to actually speak up to figure things out when you are just starting out in a new job. Asking for an explanation or clarification will help you understand, and it will also show your supervisor that you are engaged in the topic and want to know the information more thoroughly. It’s key to know that not understanding something new is not a weakness. You aren’t expected to understand everything that is thrown at you when you first start.

Remember that everyone started somewhere. You may be intimidated by your supervisor or those who are more experienced than you. When possible, try talking to these people and see what you can learn from them. You may find that they had similar feelings when they started working. Also, engage with your peers, most people love the chance to share their story with you. Having a friend at work will ease your anxiety because you will find out you are not the only one going through the same things.

Before your first day Gabriel, reflect on why you were hired—after all, you were likely selected over others, choose just one strength or trait that you believe qualifies you for this job. When you experience the inevitable new-job anxiety as you begin, notice it and pause briefly. Take a slow, deep breath to reset, and remind yourself of this single strength. Imagine yourself using it on the job. Keep it at the forefront of your mind to boost your confidence and reduce your anxiety. YOU got this job, because of your talent. No one can take this away from you, and this is your time to shine, so sit back, take deep breaths, and enjoy the ride in this new chapter in your life.

Believe you can and you’re halfway there Gabriel
Thank You Kim. No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. John Frick
Thank You Srilu. “The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” — Helen Keller John Frick
Thank you Kim for your continued support. Support is the power that gives a person the confidence to step out and try. John Frick
Thank You Stephanie. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Erma Bombeck John Frick
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Howard’s Answer

Being anxious before you start a new venture is quite natural and demonstrates that you really want to do well. When you experience some type of anxiety before you do something, it shows that you are really focused on what you will be doing and helps you plan to be better.

You don't have to figure out all your problems or issues immediately. Try to relax, take it slow and know that you can accomplish anything you want to. This is what I do all the time and it helps.

My answer is simple but takes time to adjust to a new way of facing any adversity. I hope this helps and I wish you the very best for the future. Enjoy your life Gabriella.
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Srilu’s Answer

I work as an Agile Coach & part of my work is to coach people. Even the most skilled, talented and/or hard working professional are anxious not just while starting a new job but also once they're established. Like John mentioned, it is very normal to be anxious.

Over the the years, I have come to rely on the following two practices to help ease my anxiousness (this has also helped my coachees):
1. Realize that everyone has some insecurity, weakness that causes anxiety. Your colleagues, even the CEO, is human like you are and at the end of the day we all have come here to do a job. Don't take anything personally.
2. Prepare, prepare, prepare...research and know at a high level what your company does, what is happening in your industry, the common jargons used etc. No one expects a newcomer to know everything but being prepared will add to your confidence & get the respect of your colleagues faster.

Hope this helps. :)
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Ariane’s Answer

Hi Gabriel, first of all, it's normal to be anxious when you're about to do something new or embark on an experience that you haven't done before. Whenever we go out of our comfort zones, there's always this nagging feeling of fear of the unknown, excitement to do something new, and anxiety over what to expect or whether you're going do good. This is normal and it's okay. Acknowledge the feeling and then tell yourself that you're gonna be okay and everything's going to be alright. Believe in yourself and in what you can do. You're there because they see a potential in you, so show them what you've got and continue learning as you go along the way.

One more thing, don't be afraid to fail and make mistakes -- what's important is you learn something from that experience and do better next time. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't know something or you want to learn more. Just be mindful of the way you approach others so you won't come off as annoying or arrogant. You'll be surprised at how your new colleagues can be more welcoming in sharing their knowledge and experiences. Last but not the least, enjoy the experience. In every where we go and in every people that we meet, there's always something that we can learn. Good luck on your new job!
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