Three months ago, I landed a new job at an industry-respected company. This position was a deviation from my career track. Throughout my career, I always felt competent in my job. In fact, any job I have ever taken, I quickly excelled at and was a valued team member. When I saw the posting for this position, I felt I was perfect for it and had a million ideas on how I could make a positive impact in the role and company.
Three months into the job the company and culture are great, but I feel completely ineffective at my job and like I accepted the wrong role. I feel like my boss and I don't speak the same language, and I feel like we always talk past each other. The one other person on the team works on his own, and my boss is in another city. Usually I'm a highly motivated, positive and effective person who takes on new challenges. but in this role I am unmotivated, procrastinating and developing a negative attitude, which I'm ashamed of.
I'd like to talk to my boss about this, but frankly I'm worried he'll agree and fire me.
What steps can I take to get things on track in this position? How can I ask my manager for help without putting my position at risk? Or is there some other action I can take beyond "keep trying"?