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Fear, in all its forms, is the single
biggest factor standing between
where you are and reaching your
More often than not, fear of changing
careers or fear of change at all rears its
head early on in the process.
Fear Is a Normal Part of the Career
Understand that fear is normal and
acceptable as you go through this process.
You are not alone, as most career
changers feel afraid at some point in the
process. But, recognise when your fear
turns to self-doubt, inactivity, and paral-
Some of the more common fears are:
• Fear of the unknown
• Fear of failure
• Fear of success
• Fear of what others might think
• Fear of not complying with other
• Fear of making a bad career change
Here are some tips to help you over-
come your fears and to help you move
to the next stage in your career and life.
Assess the Risk and Break It Down
Think of a risk you would like to take
in this career reinvention, and then ask
yourself these questions:
• What would you gain from taking
• What's frightening about it?
• What's the worst thing that could
happen if it turned out badly?
• If the worst happened, what would
• What could you do to minimise this?
• What information would make this
• If you broke the risk into small steps,
what would be the first step? When
could you take it? Do this for each
Examine Your Fears
What exactly are you afraid of in the
reinvention process? Have a good look
at this, and decide if your fear is realistic
Remember that most of the things you
fear won't actually happen.
Reframe your fear by thinking:
• What is the worse that could hap-
• If your fears really came to pass,
what would you do?
• Would you survive?
You might find that your worst fears
are not really as bad as you thought.
Take Small Steps
This is a great approach for a fear that
seems overwhelming. Your initial reaction
to a fear might be to avoid what it is you
are afraid of.
Identify your fear and then think about
some smaller steps you could take to
build your confidence, get more infor-
mation, feel motivated, and move into
your comfort zone.
Does Failure Have to Be Negative?
Many career changers get blocked in
"fear" during the reinvention process
because they are afraid of failure or rejec-
tion. It is important to understand and
Failing at something, or not having a
new career work out, doesn't need to be
a bad thing. Instead, a potential failure
can be an opportunity to gather more
information about what you like or don't
like so you can learn from it and make
better decisions in the future.
Think of failure simply as feedback on
what you need to improve. Listen to the
advice failure gives you, and you will
improve. And success will come.
Embrace Your Fear
Many job hunters are not aware that
they are afraid as they go through the
reinvention process. Its crucial that you
recognise the fear, feel it, and embrace
it. Just observe the feeling in your mind
and body without labelling or judging
it. If you let it in and embrace it, often-
times it will lessen in intensity.
Live in the Present
Keep yourself in present time. Don't
let your thoughts and emotions run away
to the future or the past. Being in the
present means not dwelling and obsessing
on what has gone wrong and what could
go wrong. This runaway thinking will
only heighten your fear to the point that
you might feel unable to do anything.
Instead, make your plans, and move for-
ward one baby step at a time.
Considering a career reinvention can
be an anxious time for anyone.
My advice is to understand your fears,
address them, and take your career rein-
vention one step at a time. Life is a learn-
ing experience, and so, too, is a career
reinvention. Addressing your fears, learn-
ing about yourself, and believing in your-
self and your career dreams can be a
positive and life-changing experience.
Considering a career reinvention can be
an anxious time for anyone.
My advice is to understand your fears,
address them, and take your career
reinvention one step at a time.
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