The very first day at a brand new job can be an unnerving experience for some. Everything seems unfamiliar, an alien environment with so many unknown faces around. You’re clueless about how things work around here. who to approach, how friendly or professional you need to be and so on. Anxiety isn’t something you want to take over you on your first day at work, do you?
The key to make your first day at a new job more relaxed and easy to deal with is to face all your fears. Here are ways that can help ease your nervousness and make you fee more confident.
1. Loosen up and relax:
If you’re going to be tense and uptight, chances are you’re going to give out the same vibes. Because you’re in self-protection mode and your fists are clenched, you are going to communicate with your colleagues in the same snappish, curt manner. Your body reflects what’s in your mind. So just loosen up a bit, relax and breathe naturally. This will help you feel and communicate better.
2. Focus on your purpose
Being caught up in the excitement of a new job can take your mind easily off the reason why you’re there in the first place. It can easily let fear and uncertainty creep in. Shake off this feeling and recall why you’ve been hired in the first place. Your employer picked you out of several candidates for the simple reason that you are competent, talented and you fit the role you’ve been hired for. So chill. Have faith in yourself and think of the positive things you’ll be bringing to the table at your new workplace.
3. Trust the Process
Don’t buckle under the pressure of performing and exceeding expectations right from Day 1. Yes, you do need to be productive, make best use of your time, find solutions and build up a good rapport with the right people. But even if you don’t have answers to everything right from the start it’s alright. No one’s going to think you’re not good enough. If you don’t know, ask. That’s what your colleagues or seniors are there for. Keep an open, learning mind and trust the process where you’ll learn and grow with each passing day. Navigate through your problems systematically and you’ll see it’s not that bad.
4. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
No, everyone around you is not better than you are. You’re as capable and competent as anyone around you. At a new job it’s natural to feel a bit overwhelmed, or feel that you know very little compared to everyone else. And why not? You’ve just stepped in haven’t you. They all started where you are now. No one is perfect, everyone has their strengths, weaknesses, successes, failures, different capabilities and potential. Comparing yourself to others will just make you feel small and afraid – and unjustly so.
5. Embrace New Challenges
Some new is obviously going to seem a little scary and unfamiliar. It’s but natural. If it wasn’t, that would mean you’ve already done it all and know the ropes perfectly. How could that be exciting or challenging? Embrace the newness and uncertainty, make friends with fear and see it isn’t so bad. It’s normal, it’s a phase, a part of the system and it’s just a matter of time till it passes over.
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