Dream Career Outside Your Comfort Zone?

life-begins-at-the-end-of-your-comfort-zoneYou found a career choice that looks perfect for you. It sounds exciting. You’d be awesome. The only problem?

It’s way outside your comfort zone.

Maybe it will take a lot of training to achieve. Maybe it’s in a field that no one in your family has ever gone into. Maybe it’s in an industry that’s dominated by the opposite gender. Maybe it’s a career that you’re worried people will judge you for choosing.

Whatever the reason, dream careers are often one step beyond what feels comfortable or achievable. But does that mean you shouldn’t go for it? Heck no! Follow these steps!

Step #1: Take a Look at Your Fear

It’s easy to be afraid of what might happen if you go outside your comfort zone. And it’s even easier to convince yourself that your reasons for being afraid are totally valid.

But there’s a big difference between having a realistic vision of what you can accomplish, and relying on self-doubt to guide you. Ask yourself, “Do you actually think I can’t do this? Or am I afraid of failing?” If it’s the second situation, dig a little deeper.

Decisions about the future shouldn’t come from a place of fear. They should come from a place of excitement, information, and understanding.

Step #2: Get all the Facts

To feel more confident about going after an out-there career, research exactly what you’ve got to do in order to make it happen. The more information you have, the better off you’ll be.

For example, you might be worried or uncertain about the education you’ll need. Get online to research training, talk to a school counselor, or even talk to someone in the field to get a good idea of what preparation you’ll need. To get an idea of how much it will cost, you might try contacting the program you’re interested in, or using an online tool like the National Center for Education Statistics’ Net Price Calculator.

Step #3: Deal with the Rest of the World

Getting the information you need not only helps you plan out a practical strategy, it helps you make a strong case for why you’re making the right decision.

Unusual, ambitious, or uncommon career choice can sometimes make the people around you nervous or concerned—they don’t want you to make a crazy decision, right? Showing them that you’ve done the research can help relieve their worry.

Step #4: Take the Leap

At some point, you’ve got to take the first step outside your comfort zone. Maybe that’s telling your family about your ideas, applying for a program, or announcing your plans to the world on Facebook.

Whatever it is, hold onto the vision of your end goal—that awesome outside-the-box career—to stay strong and motivated. Now go get ‘em tiger!

What’s your favorite tip for tackling goals that are outside your comfort zone?





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  • Well said! I would add that going through a process to reduce your own fears and to equip yourself with all the pertinent information needed to make a good decision also gives you everything you need to convince a potential employer of your suitability for the position. After all, you just spent all that time and effort to convince yourself – why reinvent the wheel when it comes to putting together your application? Not only have you likely identified all the points of doubt an employer might have about your skills or experience, you’ve also discovered all of the ways to reduce or eliminate those concerns. All you need to do is weave those resolutions into your resume and cover letter, and you’ll at least catch yourself an interview.
    Cheers! Lisa Chatroop, Good.Co

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