Susan, a group career coaching client brought up gremlins and negative thinking during our coaching call. She’s afraid of taking a risk to try a new job because it’s out of her comfort zone. Her fears and negative thinking have had a negative impact on her career search.

A critical step in identifying your ideal career is to overcome the fears and negative thinking that might get in the way of you reaching your goals. Unfortunately, when you’re doing something big and out of the ordinary like changing your career, sometimes it seems there are naysayers at every turn, thwarting your efforts. This is exactly what you want to avoid if you’re serious about finding a career doing something you love. Yes, you CAN do it, and yes there is money to be made in almost any profession. It takes time and effort to get there, but trust me when I say that millions have manifested their own career destiny, and you can too.

The key is to keep the “Negative Nellies” and other defeating influences at bay. If there are certain people who seem to react unfavorably when you discuss your plans and dreams; stop sharing with those people. Instead, focus on friends and colleagues who lift your spirits and help further your cause – these are the ones who will help you get where you want to be, faster and with the least amount of effort.

This is a quote I sent to Susan, and I hope you find it helpful as well:

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here’s to having a career you love!

Hallie Crawford
Career Coach Atlanta

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