There’s a reason why your idea is still floating around in the back of your mind. It could be that you’re comfortable at the moment, so until something drastic happens like redundancy, you won’t explore any other options for your career.
The feeling that is holding a lot of people back from meeting their true potential may be affecting you too. Could it be the fear of stepping out of your comfort zone?
We explore a few common phobias that could be holding you back:
1. The fear of failure
Even the most successful people will feel this at some point in their lives. It’s natural to feel happy in a comfortable position, but to be successful you will need to step out of your comfort zone and move into the unknown.
The only way to overcome this fear is to face it. You might not get it right first time – but that’s ok. You will learn valuable lessons that you can take into your next endeavour.
Start with small steps and gradually move to your stretch zone.
“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley
2. The fear of your stretch zone
Operating in a comfortable position in our lives is sometimes needed – we all like that cosy feeling once in awhile. Yet, those who excel in their profession know that nothing grows in the comfort zone.
To do something that will really benefit you, you need to commit to stretching your comfort zone. You may have to talk to people you don’t particularly want to, stay up later than usual and network with strangers to push your idea through. It may seem daunting, but it’s worth it.
3. The fear of what other people think
This fear even happens to the most confident of people – so don’t worry. Having a concern of what other people think is natural. There will always be some people who are with you and some that are against you. You can’t let others determine your future.
Before you take any actions, you need to clarify what you want to do in life. You can do this with the help of a life coach or talking to friends and family. But your ultimate decision needs to come from you!