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The Career Rebel: Lose Your Safety Net

When you think of what you have versus what you do not have, it may make you feel grateful or depressed. Holding onto a job you can’t stand for fear you’ll never find one that you will love, is like staying in a bad relationship because you are afraid to be alone. When you face the fear that holds you back, you have a fighting chance to rise above the chaos surrounding your career and find what you truly desire.

When you think of what you have versus what you do not have, it may make you feel grateful or depressed. Holding onto a job you can’t stand for fear you’ll never find one that you will love, is like staying in a bad relationship because you are afraid to be alone. When you face the fear that holds you back, you have a fighting chance to rise above the chaos surrounding your career and find what you truly desire.

Living within your safety zone may not necessarily make you all that safe.   Stepping out of your comfort zone whether it’s quitting a job you don’t like, standing up for yourself and going for that promotion and job you just don’t think you deserve, will make you stronger and more courages. Trusting in yourself and knowing you have something to fall back on, will help you take the necessary steps in what could be a paralyzing process – believing in yourself and trusting your own career instincts.

When your career takes a turn for the worse, when the job offers aren’t materializing and you can’t seem to find anyone who will listen, trusting in yourself and knowing that you can and should take steps towards getting out of your comfort zone may be your only way out. If you wait for there to a “safe zone” for you to act, you may never gain the courage to pursue your goals no matter how big, no matter how small.  Your safety net can and will trap you into staying where you are in your career whether you secretly choose to make a change or not. Change in inevitable whether you know what is at the end of the road or not.  Believing that you should only take the safe way out could let you miss opportunities when taking a risk seems a better option.

When you start believing you are worthy of the career you truly want, you will miraculously invite the support you will need to make it happen. If you stop worrying about failing or not achieving your dreams you will rid yourself of the false sense of security you have come to know in favor of the unknown.  Opening yourself up to the possibilities of the unknown will help you better trust your own instincts when it’s time to make a change in your career or accept the next job offer.

So rather than relying on fear as your guide in knowing when it’s time to make a change, trust in yourself without the safety net you’ve become so use to and take a chance. It’s okay to fall, you’ll get up again.  It’s okay if you don’t get the first job offer out of school or the promotion you’ve been eyeing, it’s just not meant to be. Dwelling on what you don’t have or what you can’t seem to get is not going to help you move forward. So what if you don’t get what you want the first time out of the gate, if you don’t try you won’t know what you do want when it does finally come along. Knowing you are in control no matter what the outcome will allow you to make the best out of every situation.  Go ahead and throw away that safety net and learn how to fly-chances are you may go higher than you ever imagined.

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