:to be afraid of (something or someone).
:to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant).
:to be afraid and worried
– Merriam Webster Dictionary
Anybody that is newly in charge of a project or an entire event understands the true meaning of the word ‘fear.’ You worry about what’s going to happen, how it will happen, and how you will handle it. Especially the last part, you worry about whether you have the skills, experiences, and ability to rise to the task and take charge when things go wrong.
Fear can be immobilizing.
However, it doesn’t need to be.
Decisions are made all the time. The only difference between a leader and a follower is a leader is willing make decisions based upon the facts known. A leader takes the responsibility of a given assignment. Makes it your own. Plan accordingly, comes up with the procedures, and charts the timeline of the project.
A leader plans.
You have a plan. Don’t be afraid of decisions.
Making sure there are no unclear areas, draft out a plan that allows you to make decisions. You have all the facts, build them into your plan. The more informed you are about what you are asked to do, the more complete job you can do.
The amount of attention you give to an assignment is directly proportionate to your operational abilities.
You control your fear.
Of course, mistakes are going to be made. People in operations are making decisions on the fly and, in some cases, the decisions need to made within mere seconds to avoid a potential disaster. There is no way around that. The more experience you have in events, any events, the better you will be prepared for impending catastrophes with the ability to minimize them.
Don’t let fear stop you from doing what you know is right.
Build a plan.
If you are unsure of the soundness of your plan or need someone to help you build it, please contact me. I know fear very well.
And I’ve beat it into submission every time.