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Why Playing It Safe May Be Sabotaging Your Career

Do you make fear or growth decisions?

A few months ago I received an email from James Altucher that asked:

“Do you make fear decisions or growth decisions? For instance, do you stay in your job because you are afraid you won’t get another job? Or do you stay in your job because you are excited about the growth potential there?…The fear-based decisions never worked out…The growth-based decisions all resulted in miracles.”

WOW.

We have all made decisions out of fear.

In the short-term, it’s a lot easier to stick to the status quo – it’s safe, comfortable and familiar.

But when have you ever made a decision out of fear that has really brought you joy?

To get to that place where “miracles” happen, you need to step out of your comfort zone.

Making decisions based on fear rather than growth can be the difference between a career you tolerate and one that gives you meaning, purpose and fulfillment.

Every. Single. Day.

I know this all too well.

I made my most high-stakes fear or growth decision about 3 years ago when I decided to quit my job and start my own business.

I was miserable and knew I had to quit. There was only so much longer I could fake it there.

I spent months looking and interviewing for other jobs. That’s what I thought I was supposed to do. Find another job.

But none of those jobs excited me.

And the more effort I put into the process, the more depressed and desperate I felt.

One day it hit me – why am I looking for another job that I’m not excited about?

The truth: I had absolutely no idea.

I was kinda lost. What I had done my whole career no longer felt good.

I needed more.

So I started to think about what was possible…

I pushed myself to think beyond the limited way I had been looking at my options before.

Once I started to open myself up to what was REALLY possible, I had more options.

And shortly thereafter, the solution became undeniable: I was ready to go off on my own and be my own boss.

This idea literally made me feel giddy.

I couldn’t stop talking about it with anyone who would listen.

I actually enjoyed working on my go-to market strategy and my website.

I had never had this feeling about work before.

Now work was fun, intellectually stimulating and something that I actually looked forward to doing every day.

✨ When you approach things with a growth mindset, you become more flexible in finding solutions and accepting risk. ✨

Could you benefit from a similar shift?

  • Do you feel kinda bored or blah about your career but you aren’t sure why?
  • Do you have a nagging feeling that there’s something better somewhere out there?
  • Do you wonder how you’re going to make it 6 months, 3 months or even one more day at the office if you have to continue with the fake smiles and enthusiasm?

If you answered yes to any of these, it may be time to think about what’s next – whether that’s a new role, a new career or launching your own business.

You don’t have to stay stuck or tolerate your current job.

You can reclaim your power over your career.

But it takes work.

You need to first remove the fear and regret in order to uncover a new set of possibilities.

And that is where I can help.

My digital coaching program, The Badass Professional Woman’s Code, is open for enrollment. In this program, I help take you out of your comfort zone so you can cut through the fear and BS and make real changes.

Real changes that result in REAL GROWTH.

Don’t wait another day.

Originally published at www.mosaicgrowth.com

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