Most of us are afraid of something. Some of us are afraid of a lot of things! In terms of your job or career, what are you afraid of? Afraid you won’t succeed and people will look down on you–or afraid you will succeed and won’t be able to live up to it?
You need to have faith in yourself in order to succeed in your job or career. Without that, the rest might not happen, no matter how strong your professional qualifications are.
If you face stumbling blocks in your current job or obstacles that could derail your long-term career success, fear might try to rear its ugly head and keep you paralyzed–which automatically stymies your progress. The same goes for blazing a path where you have challenging conditions on either side of you–believe you have what it takes to keep moving forward.
Poetry might not be your first thought as a resource to overcome the fear that blocks your career path, but it’s not a bad source of inspiration if you understand that it’s not always 100% grounded in reality.
One of my favorite poems is by Rudyard Kipling, titled “If–.” It’s too long to include here, but these are a few of the lines I particularly like:
If you can keep your head when all about you; Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too…..
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same….
If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!
Avoid letting fear hold you back needlessly. Challenge yourself to take calculated risks when that makes sense or at least to be smart in how you move forward.
If you make a risky career move or inadvertently put your current job in jeopardy, don’t immediately start hammering on yourself for not being smarter.
Ask yourself: How bad is the “damage”? If it’s not as bad as you first thought, you can regroup and rethink before planning your next steps or retracing some of the steps you’ve already taken.
Successful people know it’s a combination of attention to critical details and a strong grasp of the goal that makes a big difference in achieving success. It’s not that they’ve never had to deal with fear regarding an outcome; they just didn’t let it stop them. They remained focused on what mattered most.
You’ve probably heard at least one version of the saying, “Keep your eye on the prize.” That not only helps keep fear out of your way but also helps you concentrate on your overall goal, which is long-term job satisfaction and career success. Of course, it doesn’t mean you can afford to lose sight of the career steps that will take you there. It’s all important.
Above all, move forward with vision and conviction; just support them with a healthy dose of reality!