Fear Of Changing Careers: Get Over It
Daily almost 60% of all workers get up and go to a job they hate. I think this tells the story about the collective avoidance most of us are doing around this issue. It’s not an economy issue; this problem existed before the downturn. The economy makes a good excuse for doing nothing.
Fear comes from the unknown. For career change, it is the fear:
- you don’t know if you will really like the work
- not knowing if the pay is adequate
- not knowing if you’ll like the new boss
- not knowing how to figure out what you really might like to do
- fear of failure
All good issues and all of them can be addressed while making this important decision. Much different than being figuring out your options when you are hurling to year when the parachute doesn’t open.
The biggest step is the first one. You will discover that once you take the first step in this process that the others come along much easier. Inertia is a good thing. Just like sky diving the hardest part is actually jumping out of the airplane. So, what do you do if you are having a tough time taking that first step? Here are some suggestions:
- Figure out what your first step is – if you don’t know what that is, it’s hard to do
- Make a “due date” for your first step and ask someone to keep you accountable to do it
- Ask someone to take a first step with you (we often need a companion)
- Go to a professional career coach and have them map out your process
Being in love with your career is important because it is such a huge part of our life. Don’t let fear keep you from finding a great career. Fear can often immobilize us even on important things like making a career change. You need to know you will have the fear, at least to some degree, and the best way to push through it is with action and insight.
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