How to Defeat your Fears of Quitting Your Job
Do you wake up every morning dreading your day before it even gets started? Are you constantly complaining about a job you hate? Throughout my experience in both career placement and counseling I have come across countless individuals who literally despise their jobs but refuse to do anything about it. In order to conquer your fears it is first important to understand what is preventing you from taking action and keeping you from moving forward personally and professionally. You hate your job but you are afraid to quit. Where is that fear coming from?
Fear #1: What if I make a mistake?
The fear of failure cripples the majority of our population from fulfilling their dreams and having the life they’ve always wanted. Most people focus on all of the things that could go wrong and allow these thoughts to outweigh the positive possibilities. Their brains become flooded with “what ifs.” The thought of a career decision blowing up in your face may seem terrifying but in reality your life experiences are a culmination of successes and failures. I believe before we can overcome the fear of failure we must change how we perceive mistakes. Yes a mistake can be regretful but also an extremely valuable lesson. Ask yourself what is more frightening – the thought of being miserable day after day at a job you hate, or the thought of a job unknown?
Fear #2: I am not good at anything else.
Many of us walk through life tapping into just a small percentage of our skills and talents. We live in a society that keeps us extremely busy, so busy that we often miss the moments when we are at our best. Perhaps you have not yet identified your purpose. I recommend you start taking daily inventory of areas where you shine and notice what tasks bring the most joy and satisfaction to your day. Where your passion lies there you will also find your talents. You are not just good at what you are doing now there is so much more to you. You just need to uncover it.
Fear #3: I won’t make enough money.
We all need money to survive but if you just focus on the financial risk you will lose sight of why you want to quit in the first place. Although money is important you can’t put a price on your happiness and fulfillment in what you do. Most of us have the ability to cut down on our spending if we chose to but it will require some sacrifice. Make a plan, put it on paper and figure out a way to make your finances work while you are in transition. The sacrifice of changing your lifestyle for a while will be worth it.
You may have the mistaken belief that people who have been successful are either lucky or just smarter than you but not true. Research how the people you admire got to where they are today. You will find most of them struggled and made sacrifices to get where they are today. Our attitude and fear can change the reality of our world don’t allow your fear of the unknown stop you from doing what you want. Sure you know exactly what you have today, but acknowledge that what lies in the unknown may very well be everything you ever hoped for. There is only one way to find out.