Waiting, wanting and willing to put up with all of the uncertainty and fear of not knowing what is coming around the corner is enough to make anyone wish they were not living in the now. Â We have a way of throwing ourselves off balance, waiting for the right moment to make a career move whether we know where we are going or not. Well, it’s okay to be afraid. Â When in doubt, it’s time to move on…
Life is full of changes. Â Whether you are expecting a child, moving into a new house, recently engaged or in transition wondering if you should change careers, these types of challenges can evoke deep fears and apprehension. Â That is okay. Â This kind of fear is good. Â There is a wisdom in fear. Â The wisdom comes in knowing when to quit, or when to stick with it, or when to have the good sense to know when it’s time to move on. Fear can usually Â throw us for a loop. Â Fear has a way of forcing us through our comfort zone and helping us face our new career choice whether we think we are ready for it or not.
If we learn to respect the lessons that fear has to teach us we may even be able to welcome the moments when we are afraid as a reminder of when it’s time to make a move in our career. Â While it’s not usual for us to welcome or even to honor Â fear as an ally, if we learn to recognize our fear as a wake-up call for change, we can learn to make our career choices with a sense of calm and understanding.
Feeling uncertain or insecure about making a career change whether you have a job or are looking for your next one is a normal and expected part of the job search process. We all have fears and question the choices we make even if we are not ready or prepared to make them especially when it comes to what we most want to do and where we’d most like to be.
When we face our fear of change, we can overcome any obstacle in our efforts to find the perfect job. Â One way to face our fear is to write them down, express them in words, phrases, pictures or images. Â Make a collage of your fears, a visual representation of what scares you the most. Â And then do something really wonderful with them. Â Burn them. Â Create a ritual where you release the past and make room for the future.
Create a collage of your perfect job. Â Include pictures of Â where you’d like to work- Disney, Universal, Sony. Write a description of your perfect job, include how much money you’d like to make, even print paper money and post it on your board. Â List the awards and accolades you’d like to earn. Begin to truly create and build your “Career Vision Board.” Â You’ve heard of vision boards to illustrate where you’d like to live, what car you’d like to drive, what relationship you’d like to be in and so on. Well using that same concept, create your Career Vision Board to help you visualize and Â focus on what it is you truly want from your next career move. Â When you stay focused, clear and intent on what it is you truly desire from your life, you begin to forget the very thing that prevents you from getting there-fear.
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