I may be among the bigger dental chickens on the planet. I have a great, gentle and very competent dentist but when she told me that a root canal I had done in my 30s was kaput and had to be redone it overwhelmed my thinking. In fact, for weeks before the appointment, I let the thought of going to the root canal specialist override everything else in my life.
Then I had the root canal procedure. And it was no big deal. In fact, I did it the day before Thanksgiving and still managed to add almost two pounds to my waistline. So what’s the point?
Is fear of the unknown holding you back from making a decision that you believe might otherwise change your life for the better? Are you secretly dreaming of working from the beach on some beautiful tropical island but concerned that something will spoil your plans? Or have you been daydreaming about traveling the country in an RV and working from the road all while despising the desk you feel chained to?
I talk to a lot of people who are held back by the fear of the unknown and so stay in the known. But what if the unknown is actually better? What if you really would be much happier doing what you love? And what are the real reasons you’re not doing just that? “Stability?”
But how stable really is one job? Basically you have one customer instead of many, you’re at the whim of whomever hires the management and hope that that person isn’t a jerk and you have to work by their rules and hours and at their location. You see a lot of really bad decisions being made and the staff grumbles behind the boss’ back until they turn in their resignations. What a horrible and negative way to live.
I know because people have messaged me who are subscribers to this blog. They’ve inquired about a missing piece to their puzzle, such as doing their own website, or they just want to sit down and talk. There’s often that one big stumbling block that keeps them from moving forward and, once they do, it was more like a pebble on a path in reality.
Lots of people are imagining the worst case scenario and that’s holding them back from doing something that may truly make them happy. Or not.
But they’ll never know until they try.
You can mitigate the risks by effectively trying to plan for the worst and having a workaround when things don’t go as wished. There are plenty of coaches and consultants out there. You might not hit your stride on the main road you’ve chosen, but a side road could be the ticket to freedom.
And, like having the root canal repaired, I’m sure the nervousness of making the decision will be overcome by the joy of moving forward. After all, we only get one trip on this journey so you might as well enjoy it as much as possible. And, truly, the things we fear are often nowhere near as bad as they may seem.