Imagine that you just spent days creating the perfect solution to your clients problem. You’ve done the research, explored several different options, crafted justifiable reasons for every decision you’ve made and you feel that it is absolutely perfect.

You prepare for your presentation diligently and walk in with your held high in confidence. As you begin your pitch, your heart begins to race and you can’t wait to see if the client will love it, or really love it!

The big moment is finally here. As you unveil what very well may be considered a work of art, the client just stares at it while saying one word, “Hmmm.”

How do you react? What do you do?

You might play it cool, calmly allowing time for the client to take it all in.

Or if you have anxious tendencies, you might begin to have a mini panic-attack; ready to pounce on the client and demand to know why they don’t like it.

Feeling anxious is no fun; nearly 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders. If you feel anxious, it could be affecting how you make your decisions.

Freelancers Union has a great quick read about how anxiety might be affecting your decision-making.

“If you’re an anxious person, you might have a tougher time reading the environmental cues around you, according to a new study published in Nature Neuroscience. This could lead you to make bad decisions at work and in your close relationships.

The study focuses on anxious people’s tendency to “catastrophize.” For example, you might interpret mild criticism of your work from a boss or client as a doomsday sign you’re getting fired. This, in turn, might affect your ability to respond appropriately.”

Check out the entire article at Freelancers Union.