I know what it’s like to feel stunted. Stuck. Settled into a space of complacency will leave you devoid of desire to find better. There was a time when I had no idea when, or even if, I’d find my way. For most of us, the economical climate has forced us to overstay our time at our current places of employment. For some in the corporate world, there’s been layoffs due to company downsizing or outsourcing. Many college-educated adults are teetering on the poverty line with no guarantee of a break.
Even before you get into college, the pressure is on you to pick a path of employment. Our entire time as students is inundated with the leading question of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Since the new millenium, people have become more innovative and creative in picking a career. I still wonder though, how many are truly doing what they passionately love?
Lately, I’ve come across a few articles* that have discussed how to start over and things to keep in mind when starting a 2nd career well into your 30s and 40s. With so many aspects of business centered around social media and technology, it’s easy for people to start a business venture from scratch. 20 years ago, an idea of something people had never seen before was enough to get you started. Today, all you need is an internet connection and a savvy disposition. I’ve seen people take what started out as tiny blogs and turn them into branded websites. I’ve seen businesses that were essentially niche or specialty products grow into budding empires with millions of dollars in monthly revenue. How do you make that leap from working for survival to working for fun? (The 2 articles you should definitely check out are “How to Explain Your Career Transition” and “How To Explain Your Winding Career Path To A Hiring Manager”)
The first lesson to achieving success that I’ve learned is to constantly affirm that I will not be scared. Often times, success is staring us right in the face. But we’re too scared to step towards it. If you’re not taking advantage of the opportunities given to you – if the opportunities you want aren’t coming – you have to create your own. In order to do that, you have to move and think forward. I’ve experienced the anxiety that comes along with stepping into the unknown. However, the most destructive thing you can do is not move at all.
Before I sat at my screen to write this post, I checked out last Wednesday night’s service at Joel Osteen’s church. The message centered around fear and how imperative it is for us to get through it in order to reach our intended destination in life. We become comfortable in talking ourselves away from seeing our vision through because the truth is we’re afraid to succeed. Fear and failure are basically the same thing. 1 is proactive and the other is reactive. But they both are born out of same thing; your choice. James 4:7 says “submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Fear and specifically the fear of failing are fruits of the Devil. We feed them with our thoughts. Throughout your adult life, you have to purposefully counteract fear. Put it this way – as likely as it is that you’ll fail miserably, it’s equally as likely that you’ll reach and maybe even surpass your goals. You can choose to reject fear at any time.
Right now, I’m going through a transition in my career. I’m not going to go into details about it here because I don’t want to jinx it. With inevitable change comes bouts of frustration, discouragement, depression, and even feeling like what you’re doing is not enough. What I can tell you is that nothing will change until you act like it already has. God operates in abundance. So don’t get tired of running the race. Get tired of making excuses. God can take you from the field to the palace. It all begins with you fearing, less.
Have you overcome any fears lately? If not, what’s holding you back?