3 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Switching Careers
Complacency. The dictionary definition states it is a "feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better." Can you relate? Is there a sense of security in your current job that is making you scared to seek a more satisfying job? Are you scared of how the changes will affect your life?
In an online survey conducted by Right Management, only 19% of workers in the U.S. and Canada were satisfied with their jobs. A mere 16% were "somewhat satisfied" and a two-third were not happy at work. That is A LOT of unhappy people! What is stopping you?
After over a decade of working in the legal field, I couldn't take it any more. I was tired of the commute and the 9-5 rat race. I wanted something more satisfying and chose to follow what I had dreamed of becoming ever since I was a little girl. I became a flight attendant. This dream didn't come without many fears attached before making the decision.
I am by no means an expert on giving career advice, but from personal experience, I can tell you that anything is possible. If you are thinking of changing careers or starting your own business, the following fears might sound familiar.
I Can't Afford to Take a Pay Cut
This was certainly one of my biggest fears. Having a young family to look after at the time of my decision to leave a high paying jobs, was I crazy? To some people, yes, I was. But, if there is a will, there is a way. Sit down and look at your finances. There will always be ways to cut down on certain expenses in order to offset the difference in salary. Maybe you dine out 3 times a week, or you enjoy a latte or two a day. By cutting some of these expenses, it's amazing how much money can be saved.
I Am Too Old
You may have a fear of believing you are too old to start something new. Unless you have physical ailments, as the saying goes, age is just a number. I was in my 30s when I became a flight attendant. The majority of the people who made up my class of flight attendants were in their early 20s. But why should that deter me? I was just as able and determined as they were and in the end, I made it.
What if I Fail
The fear of failing at this new venture. First of all, don't listen to those negative voices. Believe that you will make it. Believe that this was the right decision. Have a strong mindset. Remember how miserable you were in your last job. You made this decision to be happy. Your happiness will reflect on how you deal with your family and life in general. And if for some reason this new career or business path does not work out to be how you envisioned it, have no fear. There are always options. Believe in yourself and that you can become and create anything you put your mind and effort to. As a smart and capable individual that you are, your potentials are endless!
Do you have a particular fear of starting something new you would like to share? We would love to hear from you in the comments below!