If fear is holding you back from making that important career change for you, don’t be afraid to connect with the fear to understand what it is about. From that you can consider how to move forward.

Here are some ways to deal with the different types of fear you may feel:

1. Fear of what others will say.

Do you worry about what other people will say if you want to make a career change or how your family and friends will react. It can add to the uncertainty and fear we are feeling about the situation when we don’t know how others will react.

Fearne Cotton provided a great insight into this in her book Calm – “I think new endeavours are meant to be scary, but that fear shouldn’t stop you doing what you truly want to do……. We must concentrate on getting ourselves through each scary moment in one piece and remember to enjoy life along the way.”

Find yourself your own cheerleaders or others who have been through the same experience to support you and help lift you up if you need it and celebrate your achievements with you along the way.

2. Fear of getting things wrong.

Does the fear of getting things wrong or mistakes happening stop you from making change? Remind yourself that mistakes are a natural part of what we do and actually can help us learn more and move forward. I think that the following quote from Oprah Winfrey is a great reminder:

“It doesn’t matter how far you might rise. At some point, you are bound to stumble. And when you do, I want you to remember this: There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”

3. Fear of stepping out of your comfort zone

Stepping out of our comfort zone is for most people something that can lead to feelings ranging anything from a slight discomfort to a strong fear and this can hold us back in taking steps to make changes in our lives or trying something new.

I think that the simple expression “stepping out of our comfort zone” is enough to bring about resistance as our minds don’t like to go away from things that are familiar to us. However, have you ever considered that we are often out of our comfort zone and don’t realise it?

For example, when we try anything new we are technically going out of our comfort zone and we often make changes, even small ones, without noticing so actually going out of your comfort zone is a ‘normal’ thing for us to do. Therefore going out of our comfort zone is in our comfort zone.

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If you are looking for support with overcoming your fear to be able to take that next step in your career or change your career contact me to arrange a call to find out if my career change coaching programme is right for you.

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