In summer of 2016, I left my part-time work as a crisis mental health counselor to go full time, doing what I love and enjoy doing, being a career counselor/coach.

Was fear part of this move? You bet it was! FEAR of:

  • failure
  • the unknown
  • advocating for myself
  • leaving my comfort zone
  • the changes
  • criticism
  • facing new challenges
  • dealing with my insecurities
  • the what if’s

And still, fear’s ugly head rises up, as I continue on my career journey! I am learning to face it one day, one issue at a time.

It’s a little over 3 years since I made that bold or may be crazy move. It’s not been easy, but I am glad I did. In growing my practice I have done things that:

  • in hindsight were not the best choices, but I’ve learned from them.
  • push me out of my comfort zone and as a result I have grown stronger and gotten better.
  • were new challenges, helping me realize I have the ability to do them.
  • caused me to face my insecurities and realize they will not undo me.

I have learned it’s about taking one step, one day, one issue, one challenge, at a time and a dose of inspirational quotes along the wa

“Do that which you fear to do, and the fear will die”. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “We suffer more in imagination than in reality”. Seneca

 “Thinking will not overcome fear but action will”. W. Clement Stone

 “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”. Babe Ruth

“You are stronger than you seem, braver than you believe, and smarter than you think you are.” Pooh Bear

I continue to battle my fears, but I try not to let my fear hold me back or keep me in a place of inaction.

 

“We all have fears. It’s what we choose to do about them that matters in the end”.