Bella the Guard Dog — Territorial Fear

As soon as I stepped across the threshold, the yapping began. “Woof, woof woof,” Bella warned.

She feared my encroach into her territory. Bella, my friend Sharon’s Shitzu, reacted to my invasion in a way that reminds me of people I’ve seen at work.

Many times, we humans act out of fear. If we sniff someone encroaching into our territory at work, especially in an environment of layoffs, contract-loss, or other job-threats, we often growl. But is this effective?

When we behave out of a sense of panic, creative power and productive energy is lost. Our attitudes suffer. Any one of these increase the odds of job loss. Fear never helps, it only hurts. As a matter of fact, we attract what we fear, and can work ourselves right out of a job when we bark to keep others at bay.

So how do we combat our instinctive need to protect what we believe is ours? Keep things in perspective.

  • Am I making more of the situation than what it really is? Vain imaginations can ruin a good employee.
  • What’s the worst thing that will happen? If the worst takes place, can I still survive?
  • Am I really as alone as I feel. Feeling isolated can heighten our fears. A relationship with Jesus Christ provides strength and security in times of doubt.
  • What can I do to help my employer? Taking the focus off of self, and placing it on helping others, often provides a natural barrier to negative outcomes.
  • Is there something better waiting for me somewhere else? Sometimes a closed door here, means an open door to something better out there.

So the next time someone crosses the threshold of your area at work, remind yourself not to back them into a corner. A few “Woofs” from you could unleash an unwanted outcome. Simply focus on doing your job well, doing what is right, and welcome those who offer help. Who knows, the person you were ready to bark at, might just become a friend for life.  

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

Romans 13:3

New International Version (NIV)

For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Marilyn on December 13, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Very timely, Anita. Thank you.


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