Have you noticed that you’re stalling out on your next career move because of fear? Try these three simple steps to break through your paralysis and get on your way.
(Note: These steps are meant to be applied to a situation where your fear is a mix of excitement, desire, and uncertainty. This type of fear is usually a sign that you’re on the right track. If your fear is full of dread and misery, you probably want to reconsider what you’re thinking about doing.)
1) Connect to Your Vision and Values
Imagine a hero at the beginning of a quest. He doesn’t know what’s in store for him during his journey. He’s likely frightened. But there’s a compelling enough reason, maybe his honor or his love, for him to set forth into the unknown to achieve his mission. That connection to the larger meaning of his quest is what empowers him to move through his fears.
You can use this technique too. Your values may not be as lofty as a hero’s, but connecting to your ‘why’ can still inspire you to get a move on. Take the time to ask yourself why your next career move matters to you. Which of your values are coming into play? Is it self-expression, making a difference, family, embracing a challenge, or something else? How will you, your loved ones, and the world benefit from your choice?
Write these ideas down and keep them present to motivate you to move through your fear.
2) Plan Safe Havens
Our hero is sure to get into a few scrapes and scuffles en route to his goal. You will too. We can’t know exactly what will happen at the onset, but we can take the time to plan some safe havens for you along the way.
Who (or where) can you go to for support if you start to falter? What can we put in place to mitigate your risk and make you feel more at ease with moving forward? How can we make sure you are well cared for as you’re pursuing your next big thing?
For example, you might build up a savings cushion to ease your transition or have a backup plan for part time work if your initial idea doesn’t come through as soon as you’d like. Or, you might take extra care to tend to your health during a big push. Consider your own risk tolerance and nature, and build a plan that works for you.
3) Take a Small Action
Our hero doesn’t make his whole journey in one day, and neither will you.
Start where you are. Connect to your values. Plan a safe haven for after you take your step. And take that first, small action that you see in front of you.
You don’t have to wait for your fear to go away to begin your journey. In fact, waiting until you feel totally ready is what will keep you paralyzed! Fear dissipates when you move through it. Use these three tips and begin your quest today.
What has helped you move through fear? Leave a comment below!
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