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Why you don’t take action on your career move

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Do you ever feel like you just don’t know if you’re ready to make the move you want to make career wise?

I mean sure, you have weighed the pros and cons, and you know what you want to do next, but you just don’t know if you have the guts to actually move forward and take action on it.

Whether it’s asking for that raise, requesting that time off for the vacation, wanting to shift your role or make a lateral move, interviewing for another company, wanting to be considered for a promotion, looking for greater responsibility and reach in your current role… Whatever it may be – you have an idea of what that next step could look like. Now if only you could just feel confident enough – ballzy enough – to just go and make it happen.

So instead of taking action, you’re stuck in self doubt or worry about what could happen if you make your move. Maybe your brain even starts spinning out of control – to the point where you even start questioning what you want in the first place.

Why does this happen?

It’s NOT because you could be making the wrong decision. Even though your brain may try to convince you of this. It’s NOT because you aren’t ready. Even though your brain will tell you so. It’s NOT because you aren’t good enough, talented enough, smart enough, confident enough. Though you may hear phrases like these on repeat inside your head.

Nope. It’s none of those. The real reason you aren’t taking action is because your brain is doing what it evolved to do.

RUN AWAY from anything that might cause it harm.

And, putting yourself out there is a perfect opportunity for your brain to freak out because it means risking rejection or failure – which, in the way our brain’s evolved, your brain interprets as thinking you could die.

Because back in the cave person era – being rejected from the group really meant you could die. Because you’d have no support system to help you gather food or protect you from the wilderness. And failing meant dying because things were much more life or death back then.

And while we don’t live in that same environment anymore – in many ways, our brains still do. Which means it still sees any opportunity of putting yourself out there as a life or death situation. But it isn’t.

So the next time you feel your brain conjuring up all these reasons – these stories really – about why taking action or moving forward on the decision you made is the worst possible thing you could do, expect this will happen. And don’t let it mean that anything is wrong.

Allow your brain to freak out, and move forward anyways.