Overcoming Fears of Career Change

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford

A career change can be scary no matter what. Maybe you are not satisfied or maybe your dreams are bigger than the current job. Whatever is the reason, you know you are ready to go through that big change.

Let me tell you what happens to our brains when we do things repetitively. Our brains ultimately go into autopilot. Why is this? it’s because when we don’t receive new information, our brains are fundamentally lazy, they will store old information in and use previously formed pathways to process and understand it. They’ll always choose the path of least resistance.

But when we make a career change, we’re forced to learn new things. Obviously, this is great for us.

I am not surprised when I hear that some people who stick with a job that make them miserable, take a toll on their health. Resent research shows that people who remain in careers in which they are miserable are more likely to experience depression, emotional problems and mental health issues, all before the age of 40.

If you’re miserable in your career, take the leap. Make the change…

Lets face it, when it comes to changing careers, you might be afraid otherwise what stops you from making the move out of a unhappy job, or starting in a new field. You might be afraid of failure or losing money, but this FEAR is paralyzing.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s ok to be afraid. However, what’s not ok is to let those fears stop you from making your life better personally, mentally and financially. One phrase I hear time and time again from successful career switchers: ” I wish I had done it sooner.”

So, how do we get rid of this fear and move on with the new challenge of changing careers?

  1. Examine What exactly are you afraid of in this process?

Put down the things you are afraid of and check if your fear is realistic or unreasonable. Remember that most of the things we usually fear won’t happen.

Ask yourself the below questions:

  • What is the worse that could happen?
  • If your fears really came true, what would you do?
  • Would you survive?

You might find that your worst fears are not as bad as you assumed.

  1. Failure doesn’t have to be negative

Many people get blocked in “fear” during the reinvention process because they are afraid of failure . If you can change your perception and instead think of a potential failure as opportunity of learning from it which eventually will help you to make better decisions in the future.

Think of failure simply as feedback on what you need to improve, and success will come.

  1. Live in the Present

As humans, we tend to dwell and obsess on what has gone wrong or what could go wrong, we worry too much about the future and overthink what happened in the past. Hence, try to keep yourself in the present time and don’t let your emotions jump to the past or future.

In conclusion, considering a career change can be a worrying time for anyone. It is important to know your fears, address them, and take one step at a time. Life is a learning journey, and so, too, is a career change. Getting to know yourself more and believing in yourself and your dreams can be a great shift and life-changing experience.

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