Changing jobs can be a daunting experience. A phobia of change and the unknown is a natural human anxiety, there to protect us from taking unnecessary or dangerous risks. Stress over career change can be helped with coaching and hypnotherapy, as the elements of this fear are all familiar and recognisable when broken down.
Fear of the unknown
This is a very primal fear. We sometimes feel it’s safer to remain in a bad situation that we know than to risk something unknown. This may have been a useful human trait in the past, but in today’s dynamic society this fear usually prevents us reaching our full potential. Risks are necessary for happiness. One trait that many successful businesspeople and entrepreneurs share is the ability to deal with this fear.
Sometimes we settle for a comfortable job where we feel safe and settled. Meeting new challenges and solving problems is an important part of psychological happiness, so for our own personal development it’s important to ask whether our current situation is really enough to make us happy.
Fear of inadequacy
This is often the key factor holding people back from making a career change. It’s common to feel unsure about your abilities in a new or more demanding role. These fears are usually unfounded – you wouldn’t be seriously considering the move if you weren’t able. Like many things, career change is a learning curve and you don’t have to know absolutely everything before you start.
Fear of loss of pride/status
Most of us want to feel respected. If we are changing career paths or starting our own business we might fear starting at the bottom again or losing the pride we’ve built up in our previous role. Conversely, some people are fearful of gaining respect and power as they are worried they will not be able to maintain the success.
Overcoming the fear of changing jobs
Change fear into excitement
Fear and excitement actually have many of the same physical symptoms. Chances are you are excited about the prospect of a change as well as nervous so try to embrace this. We can train the mind to interpret these feelings as positive, rather than negative.
Treat fear as an ally – fear lets us know we are alive and that we are doing something new and exciting. It can be our ally in times of change, keeping us sharp and aware. We can learn to harness it as we take on new challenges.
Take a step back
Imagine you were advising a good friend. Would you feel that the risk was worth the reward? What will you gain? Try and understand why you are afraid and then break them down bit by bit, address the fears rationally and consider the best and worst scenarios.
I help my clients to deal with fear, embrace change and live in the present whilst planning for the future. We can train our minds to downplay a fear response and embrace positivity and excitement. This allows us to face new challenges with a healthy amount of fear that doesn’t prevent us from taking risks or performing well.
If you’d like to learn more about how I do this and how I could help you, please do get in touch.