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Fear, in all its forms, is the single biggest
factor standing between where you are
and reaching your dreams.
In my work with career reinvention clients,
I have noticed that more often than not,
fear of changing careers or fear of change
at all rears its head early on in the process.
Some of the more common fears I
have heard explicitly and felt intu-
• Fear of the unknown
• Fear of failure
• Fear of success
• Fear of what others might think
• Fear of not complying with other peo-
• Fear of making a bad career change
Here are some tips to help you overcome
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 it?
• What's frightening about it?
• What's the worst thing that could hap-
pen if it turned out badly?
• If the worst happened, what would you
• What could you do to minimize this?
• What information would make this less
If you broke the risk into small steps, what
would be the first step? When could you
take it? Do this for each step.
Fear Is a Normal Part of the Rein-
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 paralysis.
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 or
Remember that most of the things you
fear won't actually happen.
Reframe your fear by thinking:
• What is the worse that could happen?
• 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
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to a fear might be to avoid what it is you are afraid of
(public speaking, hating a new field). I have found with
clients that if you can break what you are afraid of into
small steps, it helps avoid the paralysis and gets you mov-
Identify your fear and then think about some smaller
steps you could take to build your confidence, get more
information, feel motivated, and move into your comfort
Does Failure Have to Be Negative?
Many people get blocked in "fear" during the reinvention
process because they are afraid of failure or rejection.
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 persons are not aware that they are afraid as
they go through the reinvention process. Try to get them
to 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, oftentimes 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 forward one baby step at
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