Tuesday, July 27, 2010

40’s – 50’s 60’s: Feeling the fear?

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
--- Frank Herbert

You have that great idea or you discover your career direction at any age or stage in career life – you are elated. You know that you need a change – and you see the opportunity.

Then that “thing” creeps in --- FEAR.

Fear that you might fail. Fear about what others will think about you. Fear of the unknown.

Often this can stop you dead in your tracks, if you let it. Making a mid-life career change and setting your path to do something that you want to do in your life – on your teams – is exciting. One visions being truly happy in their job or in their chosen career path or in their own business. Being truly happy impacts all parts of your life – the way you interact with family, friends or others significant in your life as well as how you interact with those you work with.

But then again, it is that fear thing – creeping back. If faced with this, I recommend you ask yourself this question and answer honestly:

What's the worst thing that can happen if I don't achieve this? Will my life end? Will I be exiled from existence? Will I … Will I …
When you look honestly at the answers and weigh them, I am almost certain that clarity will come about and you will begin to see your way around the fear barrier. You will, in a way give yourself permission not to be fearful. You will give yourself permission to do what you want, on your terms.

Hanging on to a job you just despise? In a career that you are not at all matched to? Know you need and are ready for a change? In a business that has you in a rut and you just don’t like anymore? Realize fear is holding you back?

As I have recommended before, Let it go. Go out on the limb. Confront and then minimize your fears. Do it today. Live to be all you can and want to be.

And thank you for reading this …

Dan Moran
President & Founder
Career Management & Transition Specialists
125 Wolf Road, Suite #128
Albany, NY 12205
Office: 518-261-4212
Cell: 518-641-8968
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