Following Your Fear

May 12, 2016

Career Advice

11964924366_fe0b8f8f8d_zGoing after what you really want isn’t always easy. There’s this little thing called FEAR that sometimes gets in the way. Job searching can intensify your fears because the process itself can be overwhelming, uncertain, and uncomfortable. Although we shouldn’t take a submissive role during a job search, and assume we are without any power, that’s oftentimes what happens. However, when your fear of the search interferes and creates resistance, there are positive ways you can deal with it.

Author of the War of Art, Steven Pressfield, has this to say: “The more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and the growth of our soul.” It turns out that being a little scared is good! It gets your endorphins moving and gives you a good kick in the butt. Treat your “fear” of the job search as your motivation. Acknowledge your nerves, go through the motions, and then reward yourself when you’ve moved through the fear and found yourself on the other side. 

Learning to shift your mindset and embrace the fears you have about job searching can definitely make the process more doable and ultimately successful. Kate Erickson of ZZZZ discusses the fears that get in the way for entrepreneurs and they are no different than what most of us feel when job searching:

  • Comparing yourself to other people
  • Telling yourself that it might not work
  • Not confident about what you know
  • Afraid of what other people will think or say about you
  • Wondering if anyone will value what you have to say

Erickson points out a few different ways to alter your mindset so as not to let these fears take hold. For example, she suggests using your community for support and focusing your thoughts outward toward what you could be doing vs. inward and what you can’t do.

Read more about facing your fears over at The Muse.

Image via Sean MacEntee/Flickr.


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