Anxiety and Decision Making

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Anxiety and Decision Making

We all know people who can keep their cool. Levelheaded people are exceptional. They stand out because they don't show anxiety. But butterflies are a natural part of life. Maybe showing your feelings isn't always appropriate or to your benefit, but feeling your feelings is always important. And, making friends with your anxiety is a key to good decision-making.

So what's the difference between a cool-headed person and a person who can make good decisions under pressure? Well sometimes they're the same person, but when they're not, the difference is how each uses emotional energy while making decisions. The decision-maker works with his or her feelings to use them as part of the decision-making process, while the cool customer expends energy suppressing his or her feelings. It's a subtle difference, but it's real.

When I talk to job candidates before their interviews, I always discuss butterflies. I hope the candidate has uncomfortable feelings. She should feel slightly nervous. As a job candidate, she's going to be judged. Since she is pursuing something valuable her body should register anxiety