When you consider the career path you’re traveling along, how comfortable are you with making bold moves?
In terms of professional success, becoming comfortable with taking (positive) risks is vital. More often than not, the number of bold moves we make is what determines how fast or slow we advance on the achievement of our goals and big dreams.
This week on Episode 143 of Productivity Paradox, we’re tackling the concept of taking a leap, and what it takes to overcome the fear and discomfort that far too often accompanies our thoughts when we consider making a move that feels bold, or risky.
So today, I want to approach what it means to take the leap in your career positively, so that you no longer associate risk-taking with a place that feels scary or unapproachable, and can start to focus on the fact that boldest moves you make are often the stepping stones that will lead you to exactly where it is that you want to be.
Let’s get started!
While I realize that we’re talking about making bold moves here, it’s important to note that this doesn’t mean that I’m encouraging you to do a running jump off of the ledge without first determining if the water below is deep enough to support you on impact.
When it comes to making bold moves that are both effective and smart, it’s crucial that you don’t jump with your eyes closed.
In other words, don’t leap blindly: ensure that the choices you’re looking to make are clear in your mind, and that you’ve given yourself time to truly assess the potential negative and positive outcomes of your actions.
The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be.
If you want to become more comfortable with taking risks and making bold moves in your career, start with taking small risks first. Far too often, we think that making big, bold moves has to happen quickly–but it’s just not true.
Not all leaps have to be giant, running leaps across the Grand Canyon! And this is especially true if you’re someone who’s worried about taking risks or just isn’t sure how to do it effectively.
So, the main takeaway here is: when in doubt, start small.
Ultimately, any small risks you take will become the breadcrumbs–the evidence that you need to believe in yourself and to really start feeling good about taking even bigger, bolder risks in the future.
Before we dive into this one, I want to point out one thing: fear isn’t always bad! In fact, fear is an important part of how our body works. It’s there to protect us and to keep us safe, and there are a lot of times that fear can really save us from danger.
And if you’ve ever experienced a bout of fear when you’ve tapped into this idea of listening to your gut (your instincts), then you already know that this is true, right?
But here’s another thing that we discuss in more depth on Episode 143 this week: much of the time, fear and excitement feel the same way in the body, and when you’re trying your best to trust your instincts when it comes to figuring out whether or not a risk is one that you ought to take, the whole fear versus excitement thing can throw a wrench in our thought process.
So, in the spirit of really honing in on what your body is telling you when you’re faced with the decision to act boldly or not–remember that those sweaty palms and the increase in your heart rate might just be excitement telling you that you should go ahead and take that leap!
What are some of the boldest moves you’ve made in your career? Share any tips and tricks that you used to overcome any fear or discomfort that you felt, and how your career was impacted by the moves you made in the comments below…
And tune in to Episode 143 of the podcast to hear even more of my favorite tricks for ensuring that any leaps you’re considering making (at home or at work) are as strategic, realistic, and successful as possible!