In a coaching session with a client, we discussed her readiness for a promotion. She believed she had the ability to do the job, yet she was riddled with doubt she couldn’t understand, so we began to explore her emotions. We learned that what preceded her doubt was fear. The problem was she didn’t like admitting she was afraid.
Instead of acknowledging it as a natural response to a new challenge, it felt like a red light at an intersection: a signal it wasn’t safe to proceed. Her ability to name the emotion was her first step to no longer being paralyzed by it.
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