What gets in our way of realizing our potential? Often we fail to excel because there is something, or someone, in our environment that we see as a threat. When we perceive danger, we just want to survive.
Change has a way of triggering many of us, challenging our sense of familiarity and predictability. At work, we may worry about not knowing enough, being replaced by someone with different skills, needing to adopt a different approach to the way we do our work. The opportunity to learn could be exciting, yet we often experience it as frightening instead. The first step to lessening your reactions and making more conscious choices? Get to know yourself better--clarify your values, discover your strengths, and notice your gaps.
Dr. Britt Andreatta does a wonderful job in this TEDx talk describing what happens when we get hijacked and, more importantly, what to do about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXt_70Ak670