“Do that which you fear to do, and the fear will die”. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fear is such a strong emotion it can bind you into inaction indefinitely, despite the harm caused by your inaction. Fear of the unknown, leaving your comfort zone and failure maybe keeping you in an unhappy, frustrating and unfulfilling career or job. It makes you feel anxious, doubt yourself, or afraid to even explore any options to addressing your career concerns.
“We suffer more in imagination than in reality”. Seneca
When you have concerns about your work/career that are not sitting right with you or impacting you negatively, over time they consume your mental and physical energy. You want to do something about it but feel overwhelmed or unsure with where or how to begin addressing or tackling the issue. Your fears compound this, leaving you feeling stuck, resulting in inaction.
“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will”. W. Clement Stone
This is true when it comes to addressing your career concerns. Often you will get stuck in your head, thinking and re-thinking. The problem with this is, overtime, your concern grows into a mountain that you don’t feel you can conquer. I would like to suggest three steps you can take that will move you from inaction to action:
- Get it out of your head
- Take some paper and start writing down everything pertaining to your career concern: what’s bothering or frustrating you, making you feel unhappy, doesn’t feel right in your gut, you keep rehashing in your thoughts, etc. Be as specific as you can be but keep writing until you write down everything swimming around in your head.
- Chip away at the mountain
- Pick one issue/concern from your list. You can prioritize as to what is most important or start with one that is the least intimidating to address. This is what I call breaking it down into bite size manageable action steps.
- Get SMART with it
- Now that you have identified the concern you want to work on, you will need to develop a SMART goal that will help you determine the how, what, when and where of accomplishing your goal. As you work on and achieve your goals, you will build confidence, which will chip away at the fear.
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”. Babe Ruth
Don’t let fear keep you in a place of inaction, regarding your career concerns. You can do something about it – you are not stuck. Just take the first step.