Create Your Career Vision Board …

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.  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.  When in doubt, it’s time to move on…

Life is full of changes.  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.  That is okay.  This kind of fear is good.  There is a wisdom in fear.  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  throw us for a loop.  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.  While it’s not usual for us to welcome or even to honor  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.  One way to face our fear is to write them down, express them in words, phrases, pictures or images.  Make a collage of your fears, a visual representation of what scares you the most.  And then do something really wonderful with them.  Burn them.  Create a ritual where you release the past and make room for the future.

Create a collage of your perfect job.  Include pictures of  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.  List the awards and accolades you’d like to earn. Begin to truly create and build your “Career Vision Board.”  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  focus on what it is you truly want from your next career move.  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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Riding Out The Wave of Fear….

We all have days when all you want is to sail along on calm waters.  The need to rush, think, act and move become overwhelming when all you want to do is float for awhile. There is nothing wrong with floating, drifting and letting the calm tides pull you gently in a new direction. Trusting and letting go is the fastest and easiest way and often, the safest way to get where you want to go. It’s the trusting part that sometimes makes riding out the wave of fear next to impossible.

Trusting in yourself and what you want from your life and your career can be a scary concept.  For one, there is no one to blame if things go wrong.  You have to own your decisions and the consequences that come along with those decisions because you have no one else to blame if things go wrong.  You are solely responsible for your actions and that can be scary.  The choices around your career are not separate events outside your control.  You decide how to dress for an interview, how to carefully craft your resume, which network you should tap  and who to add to your professional reference list. It’s all in your hands.

There is freedom when you gain control over your career and your life. It’s no doubt a scary feeling but it can be filled with personal satisfaction when all goes according to plan. Freedom offers you the ability to call the shots, choose the course and back off when you feel it’s not the right path. The trust you place in yourself is what will help you overcome the fear of the unknown and guide you on your way towards a successful life.

Rejection is another barrier to entry on the path to true liberation from fear. Will they call me for a second interview?  Will I pass the test?  Will they like me?  These are the questions that are confidence crushers in the face of fear. Being crippled in doubt and second-guessing how others will like us is not the way to make friends and influence people.  Understanding and trusting in the process of what it takes to get what you want will. Thinking about polite ways to turn down the job offer before you actually get one is the dangerous game we play of living in our head and not in reality.  It’s your fear of rejection before being offered the job that keeps us out of the game and stuck where we don’t want to be most of the time.  Finding away around this obstacle and remaining focused on your goal, trusting in yourself and listening to what you want are ways to combat the fear before it overcomes you.

It’s easy to get caught in the tide, to drown yourself in fear of rejection, lack of trust and self-doubt but riding out the wave of fear although scary, will lead you to the sweet and salty taste of success on your lips and an exhilarating ride of your life.

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