How serious are you about your professional development? It could be a promotion, a new job, or finally aligning yourself with the company you’ve been dreaming about for years. Most career professionals will talk a lot about things they claim to want but not plan goals, reach out to a professional development coach, or do anything about it. The two, main challenges of professionals are that they don’t know how to accomplish their goal, or are afraid of the necessary sacrifices to achieve it. With information readily available online, it’s relatively simple to get a basic idea for starting a project. However, many people let fear stop them from achieving their desired career success.

What if you weren’t afraid to work towards earning a promotion, ask for a raise, or quit your job? How could your life be different? For many career professionals, this means being happier and making more money in the workplace. Then, why is it so difficult to tame your worries and fears? There are a few obstacles that come up for many of our clients. Everyone in your life may say that your goal is not realistic. You might not have the support and a solid laid-out plan to see it through. Whatever has been stopping you in the past does not have to dominate your future. You can use these tips to overcome fear in many situations throughout your career!

Get Professional Support

You must have a robust support system to assist in new creative ways and help you stay motivated. You do not have to try to do everything yourself! Many professionals have ambitious goals, but adding something else to their plate can seem like a nightmare when they’re already overworked. Fear can quickly set in, and they quit on their goals and themselves. Family and friends are great to talk to about your ideas and plans, but their input can often be harmful if they don’t have relevant experience. Talking to a mentor or professional development coach can be invaluable and assist in putting things into perspective.

Be Ready

Do you know all of the requirements and skills necessary for the new position you’re aiming for? Are you ready to ace the interview? Do you have the skill set and knowledge needed to complete the tasks required of your dream job? Many people are “winging it” through life. They hope and wish for things without taking the proper steps to be successful. Creating a realistic plan and executing it is an invaluable skill that can produce positive results. The acts of brainstorming, planning, and preparing also help to lessen fears around taking action.

Embrace The Uncertainty

How do you feel when you do not know how things will turn out or have all of the answers? Most professionals would answer with some mixture of anxiety, worry, and fear. It is entirely natural to have doubts and be afraid, but you don’t have to let that stop you from having the life and career you desire. Accepting and embracing the uncertainty is one of the hardest things to do. Having faith and knowing that you are ready for situations can help you move past the fear.

How serious are you about your professional goals? If you are serious about achieving them, knowing how to challenge your fears will assist you every step of the way. Focus on getting support from a professional development coach, being ready, and embracing the uncertainty of potential circumstances. You do not have to spend your time dreaming about your goals; you can start making them a reality. What fears do you have that you can challenge right now?


Fly High Coaching can help you soar to your full potential and find your dream job. We offer professional development coach services, interview preparation and resume makeovers to support your success. Contact us today to get started with our expert career coaches. Check out our Land Your Dream Job 101 course for more information on how you can secure your desired job change.

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Porschia Parker-Griffin

Porschia Parker-Griffin is a Certified Professional Coach, Business Consultant, and Founder of Fly High Coaching. When she is not coaching, Porschia enjoys traveling, cooking, and working with animals.
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