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Chicago’s Willis Tower Sky Deck is an exercise in trusting what your brain knows, not what your body is telling you. Even though you know the glass-floored balcony is perfectly safe, it’s still tremendously nerve-wracking to take that first step onto an invisible floor more than 1,300 feet above the ground.

Document conversion can feel the same as walking onto a glass floor. You know it’s a good business decision, you know it will save money, and yet taking the step creates profound anxiety. Paper is a familiar and safe medium, and the unfamiliar world of document conversion feels very risky. Like stepping out onto a glass floor, your brain is telling you “Yes,” but there’s a very real visceral reaction saying, “No!”

Fear of the unknown can paralyze you into unproductive and expensive inaction. Josh Steimle, writing for Forbes, recommends a number of steps to transform anxiety and fear into a useful tool that actually informs decisions in a positive way. He suggests:

  1. Name your fear. Determine exactly what it is you’re afraid of. Once you name it and analyze it, you begin taking control of it. If document conversion is making you lose sleep, say so.
  2. Educate yourself. Extend control over your fear by learning about the facts. You’ll very likely discover that the truth is much less daunting than you had imagined. Read about document conversion, check out webinars on the subject, and talk to colleagues who have gone through the process.
  3. Take time to consider your options and make a plan. Now that you’ve learned more about the thing you feared, you can begin to plan for a positive outcome. A deliberate, thoughtful decision is better than a hasty, impulsive reaction. A fully-informed and well-planned document conversion project will be a success.

A fourth tip for facing your fear: Don’t go it alone. Reach out to an expert who will be your partner through the entire process. An experienced document conversion consultant or service provider will help you analyze your concerns, educate you on procedures, and develop a plan for moving forward with your conversion project. It’s far less frightening to walk onto a glass floor if someone you trust is standing by to keep you from falling. With a document conversion partner at your side, you can face your fear boldly.


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