When you leave familiar ground
An affirmation for those who are anxious about a transition
Changing jobs and careers can feel nerve-racking. One individual couldn't understand why he felt so anxious, even after accepting the role he wanted. I offered him this perspective, which may resonate with some reading this today:
You're leaving a known situation for an unknown one. In your old job, you were familiar with your workload, what your boss expected of you, what success looked like. You had a way of doing your work - certain rhythms and processes.
You knew the people, the culture, the leadership styles. You understood which behaviors were rewarded and which were not. Perhaps you had been there a while and saw how the company had changed over time.
And not only did you know all these things, you yourself were a known entity. People knew who you were and what you did. You had built rapport with your coworkers and earned respect from those around you.
But in a new job, you're starting from scratch. Though you expect it to be positive, there are many uncertainties. So it's normal to feel this nervous tension.
Don't worry. You'll find your groove soon enough. If you landed the job, remember there's a reason they chose you over all the other applicants.
For career changers who feel anxious, I'll leave you with this affirmation:
It's natural to be nervous. It's not uncommon to feel out of place. But your anxiety doesn't speak to your ability. Your level of confidence doesn't reflect your competence. In many cases, what you lack is not skill but familiarity.
So learn as much as you can. Gain exposure and experience. Continue to grow. But also lean into your existing strengths. What you already know may take you further than you had thought possible.
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