Have you been thinking that it is time for a new job? Possibly even starting your own business?
Let me guess. You have been thinking about a change for some time but you just can't make a decision. Is it fear that you won't be able to handle the new job, fear of
the unknown or are you just too comfortable where you are? What has you stuck? It is fear that often keeps us stuck. When you approach the fear and ask yourself the following questions, you may find the answers you need.
Read the four questions below and write down your answers. When you write something, you are more apt to remember it. Research tells us that when we write something down it is as if we are doing it. A mini-rehearsal per se. Writing your answers will help you to gain clarity and shed light on your decision.
1. What is the worst thing that could happen?
We spend months, even years, sometimes wondering if we should leave a job.You know you are not happy but day in and day out you go to the same job. You analyze why you should stay, but do you ever ask yourself, “What is the worst thing that could happen if you were to leave?” We have over 50,000 thoughts a day and more than 70% of them are negative thoughts. What if you were to reverse the percentage or even make it 50/50? The key to changing your negative thinking is to recognize and become aware of your thoughts and then challenge the negative thought. Don’t let it control you. With a positive attitude new opportunities appear.
2. How will you feel when you make the change?
You are nervous about a change but what is your vision for the future? What is it you want to do and how do you see yourself in a new situation? Take the time to envision what you really want. Write it down or draw a picture. As I mentioned when you write down your goal it is as if your brain can see it.
When you take the time to think about what you want, more of that comes into your life. Our minds are very powerful and, as research has shown, you can train your brain to think a certain way, strengthening and stimulating your emotions. You see, hear and experience more of what you focus your mind on.
3. Why do you want it?
Your “why” is often the biggest motivator to make the change. Will you be better off financially, will you be happier? When you place emphasis on the why, you get to the root of the truth. It challenges your assumptions about what you think you know. Knowing the why will give power to your passions.
4. What do you really want?
Ask yourself what you really want and how you want to feel. We are all entitled to happiness. You are meant to be happy and, in fact, according to a study at the University of California Riverside, led by Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, research has shown that happy people are more successful, make more money, are more productive, and have stronger immune systems. Isn’t it time you make yourself happy?
What did your answers tell you? Perhaps it is time to make a decision and not let fear get in your way. If you are stuck regarding a job decision or change in your life, contact Upstream Solutions to inspire and motivate you to make the change you want.