How Being Scared Can Be Beneficial for Your Career
Originally published on Fairygodboss
Fear: it's one of the most powerful emotional responses there are, and it has the ability to affect your decisions and ultimately your life - if you so allow it.
Fear of mistakes, fear of humiliation, fear of failing. All of us have been afraid at one point or another, and when it comes to your career, these sentiments likely pull to the surface a few memories we would rather dismiss indefinitely. Yes, fear inspires many negative thoughts and emotions, but you might be surprised to learn that it can inspire greatness, as well.
You read that correctly.
That's right - fear has the ability to push us to strive for more and achieve great success. Again, it's all in how we respond to the feeling. If you harness the energy and utilize it for good, you can meet and surpass those career goals you have meticulously detailed in your vision journal.
First, identify what you're really scared of. Fear is a response that is trying to lead us to the right decision. Sometimes the fear is in response to something that may be potentially harmful or unsafe, but sometimes it's just because you're terrified of messing up something that means a lot to you, i.e. your career or professional reputation.
Take a moment to soak that in and acknowledge that having something - anything- that means that much to you is something special. Next, utilize your goal-planning skills and figure out how you can realistically make your dream a reality. If you're struggling to connect the dots and your idea seems a bit far-fetched at the moment (i.e. you have no experience in your desired field and/or lack the degree necessary to land a job at your dream company) perhaps you have some more work to do.
Ask yourself what your biggest dream is - NO boundaries.