A few years ago, although I suspected I was in need of a career change, I found myself stuck in a "then-when" spiral. I was always identifying (or possibly creating?) obstacles to delay making a change. I'd think, "Maybe I'll consider finding work I really love after my year-end bonus." Or, "I'll do some soul-searching after I finish this presentation and get through the end of the quarter." "I'll update my resume after the holidays." I told myself and my closest family and friends all about the reasons for waiting and I believed I was being honest. Now I see the truth is, I was scared.
Fear is a completely natural emotion. It keeps us from taking all kinds of risks like walking off cliffs, swimming too far into the ocean, and going out alone at night. Unfortunately, fear also keeps us from taking the risks that bring about the changes that make life really special. Think about when you decided to live in another country. Scary, right? Life-changing, no doubt. Or when you decided to tell your best friend that he should be your boyfriend. Terrifying, for sure. Best decision ever? Without a doubt.
So the trick is recognizing when your fear is warranted and when it's just slowing you down. Here are a few questions to consider as you move forward with your best life:
- What's the worst thing that can happen if I make a change?
- What's the worst thing that can happen if I continue doing nothing?
- How will I feel in five years if I still haven't made a change?
- For how long has this decision been on my mind? Have I made any progress towards an outcome?
- Which fear specifically is holding me back? Failure? Disappointing others? What others will think or say?
- If not now, then when? Mark your calendar, tell your best friend, hold yourself accountable.
Take a risk, make a change, do something incredible. I can't wait to hear about it.
Cheers to you,
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