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Fear can paralyze even the most successful people. To make it through the recession, though, businesses need people who can be fearless.

Gayle Lantz, author of Take the Bull by the Horns, says that to move back into “thrive” mode, “You’ve got to figure out how to aggressively move forward.”

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A few tips you can implement now:

Remind yourself that the current situation is temporary. Lantz advises painting a very specific scene in which you can see yourself thriving. “The psychology of this is very powerful,” she says. If you can see it, you can achieve it.

Surround yourself with optimistic colleagues.
“People who have a vision and a strong faith about the future will keep your own spirits from flagging,” she says.

If you manage others, put can-do people in visible positions, encourage them to share ideas and implement those ideas. By fanning the flames of optimism, even if they’re mere sparks, you can create a conflagration.

Try something completely different.
Remember, the status quo brought you to this point.

“Don’t think ‘failure’; think ‘testing,’” suggests Lantz. “By experimenting, you’re testing an idea. If it doesn’t work, no harm done. Just try something else.”

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