Dr. Charlene Rousseau, President at Envisionary Development Consulting
What is your favorite book?
My favorite books are fiction, Pride and Prejudice and non-fiction, Success through a Positive Mental Attitude.
What is your motto?
Motto: Live to empower the success of others. Nothing gives me greater joy because through empowering others, they don’t realize how much they give back to me in the happiness and growth it also brings to my life. I also live by Charles Swindoll’s words about attitude, I couldn’t say it any better: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company … a church … a home. The
remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude … I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you … we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
Who has inspired you recently?
I have many people who inspire me including my mentor, Assistant VP of the Performance Development Center at JM&A Group Consulting, Justina Davis, My Mom, Oprah Winfrey, My pastor’s Wife, Tara Darrell! I’m also inspired by Belinda and her mission to empower women and other minority groups through coaching and leadership development. This is an area very near and dear to me also. These are a diverse set of women who I’ve learned so much from related to discipline, focus, leadership, giving back, and empathy.
An unusual fact about you?
I don’t think this is considered unusual, but a fact about me is, I love to sing and even audition for American Idol some time ago and made it to the Hollywood round! That’s as far is I went though. I’ve also recorded a few songs with some other Jamaican artists, including Sanchez and Sean Paul! Alas, that was in a previous life.
5 Steps to Overcoming The Fear That Comes with Big Changes
Have you embraced change to make yourself more successful? Dr. Charlene Rousseau is the CEO and President of Envisionary Development Consulting, a process improvement and performance management consultancy, and a woman of change.
Fear held Charlene back for years, but she didn’t let it stick around long. She made a decision to take a leap, leave the corporate space, and launch her consulting business. This was always her vision, but once she started working in corporate, it was difficult to stop.
Adjust Your Thought Process
Charlene overcame this fear by adjusting her thought process. What was contributing to that fear? Anxiety about money and fear of failure were two major things creating this fear.
So she asked herself, what’s the worst thing that could happen? Charlene realized that if her business failed, she could always get another job. The worst case wasn’t that scary after all.
Looking at her fear from a logical solution, problem solving, and finding a creative solution is what helped her overcome fear.
Find the Feeling Source
Where are the feelings of fear coming from? Not shying away, but embracing them and trying to understand them better is what will help you master them. This builds resilience.
Especially in entrepreneurship, there are a lot of hiccups along the way. Because you face your emotions and build resilience, you can move forward.
This is what makes you successful. Knowing what is affecting you emotionally and finding solutions based on that.
There is always a choice. Yes, the fear will always be there. It’s your choice to face it and be open to seeing the worst thing that could happen. Solutions will arise and that fear will be less present in your brain.
Prepare and Execute
The future belongs to those who prepare for it and execute. If we do certain things, we can lessen the paralyzing effect of fear. That doesn’t mean it won’t be there. Fear will be there and that’s a healthy thing.
Have a vision of what the change needs to be and what you want to accomplish. Once you do that, you can find out how to accomplish it and execute. If you follow these steps, you lessen the impact of fear. You now know what the result will be.
You can mitigate fear by having a plan and executing it. Often we feel fear when there is no plan in place. Have you ever panicked getting to a new destination? I bet you used your GPS. If you didn’t have it, I bet there would be a lot of fear and anxiety because you wouldn’t know how to get there. That’s why a plan is so important.
A plan doesn’t need to be elaborate. It’s just thinking about your vision and deciding how to get there.
Get Accountability ASAP
Many of us fear when we don’t have the accountability we need that will help us make things happen. What do we mean when we say accountability? It’s making sure your plan is being executed. If you’re not doing what you set out to do, nothing’s going to change.
Working with a coach, mentor, or support group can give you a resource for accountability. This piece is a matter of making sure you have checks and balances in place.
When you share your plan and make people are aware of it, they can help you out. Many of us have plans in our head, but they never happen. Until you lay it out in front of the world, you won’t have the accountability you need. Just having someone to ask you how you’ve been doing can make a big difference.
Keep Your Plan Flexible
Fear comes back. If you don’t plan for unexpected change, the fear can come back and take you to step one. This is common. Fear will come and go. We need to have that fear so we continue to prepare and evolve our plans.
Your plan shouldn’t be rigid. It’s a guide. As you learn and have experiences, you make adjustments. Be vulnerable and be okay with it. You don’t always have the answers.
Fear is coming, know that you have a plan, you need to be supported, and continually tweak your plan. Life happens. You need to be flexible to be able to respond and see the success you want in your life.
There is so much more at the end of the tunnel. The pain that you feel in fear is temporary. You don’t have to suffer. Follow this process to overcome the fear that comes with change.