If so, you are not alone.
It is very common for people to feel stuck because the fear of creating change has got a vice like grip on them.
As a result they don’t take the actions that will turn the change they want to create into reality.
The reasons for fear of change can be many and varied. Things like fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of what others might think, fear of financial implications, fear of lack of skills and so on.
But it is important to remember that fear can actually be useful in the quest for creating change in your life and work.
It is perfectly normal to feel fear when you are doing something new or stepping outside your comfort zone. It alerts you to potential dangers and highlights areas where care, attention, preparation and action are required. This focus can help with ensuring the changes you want to make are more likely to be successful. All good stuff.
Fear only becomes a problem when it becomes so consuming that it stops you from moving forward and taking action.
When that happens, and fear is keeping you stuck from shooting for the changes you would really like to have happen, it is useful to have a way to deal with that.
Here is an exercise to help you get started with that process:
5 Steps to Deal with Fear of Change Effectively
Step 1 – Get a blank piece of paper. At the top write a change you would like to create in your life and/or work.
Step 2 – List down all the things that you fear about that change.
Step 3 – For each point on your list, write down what would have to be in place to deal with that fear so that it doesn’t keep you stuck and you can move forward, despite feeling fearful.
Step 4 – Next, for each of the things you have highlighted in step 3, work out a step-by-step action plan to deal with those things. Make sure you schedule your action plan into your diary or planner with set dates and times of when you are doing them.
Step 5 – Review and revise your list and action plan regularly and tweak and change as appropriate.
As you take action, build momentum and put practical and tangible things in place to deal with your fears you will find it easier to stop the fear keeping you stuck and enable you to move forward.
Fear isn’t what is keeping you stuck. Doing nothing about it is what is keeping you stuck.
Taking action to deal with the fears you have about creating change will foster courage. And courage combined with action is a powerful antidote in the fight against fear that keeps you stuck.
So use the exercise above to help you get clarity on the fears you have around creating change in your life and/or work. Create an effective action plan to get yourself unstuck and start to turn the changes your want to have happen into reality.