Managing Doubts and Perception

Doubts When we are challenged in a new environment doubts begin to set it, we question even the most benign aspects of our capabilities. What is interesting is that we never doubt our core we judge the result. For example an experienced chef will never doubt whether he can cook or not. He may doubt a result, like cooking a great meal for an important critic. Whether the critic likes his dish or not is out of his control, what he can control is how well he can make the dish.

Tool Stick to the facts. Doubts are based on assumptions rather than facts. So when the brain gives you a doubt, counter it with a question. For example, if you doubt your abilities on building a team, then ask. Why do I think I cannot build a team? Once you ask the question, not only are you disproving the doubt, you are also on the way to a solution.


Perception When entering an alien environment, we have the tendency to feel uncomfortable, which begins to cause stress. The rush of adrenaline skews our perception. We see things in more dramatic way as our brain is getting ready for fight or flight. This is not useful as we need an accurate perception of our environment to make good judgment calls and stay in control. THECUBE wants to provide tools to help control perception.

Tools Look only at the facts of the environment and do not make assumptions or speculations. For example if you perceive someone doesn’t like you and that they might be difficult to work with later on, look at the facts. Have they said anything to you? If so, what is the best way to get them on board? If not, let it go.

Stay relaxed in your new environment. Staying relaxed will allow your brain to think better and be more flexible. When we get nervous not only do we skew perception, we also begin to feel anxious. This can  leads us to loose logical cognitive thought. Always relax your shoulders, drop your jaw and breathe from your lower abdomen.

Be an avid observer. The more you sit back and just observe the better your perception. We often react before we have to due to lack of observation. There is no room for assumption. Relax and observe what is actually going on within your environment. Once you have a well constructed perception, then make a decision on how to react.