Being Scared Is a Great Sign You're About to Do Something Amazing in Your Career

Have you ever desperately wanted to quit your job and find something you love, but then—fear. Desperate, overwhelming, soul-crushing, stop-you-in-your-tracks fear.

Maybe you’re ready to quit or maybe you’re just thinking about it. Maybe you’re thinking of putting in your name for a promotion at work or maybe you’re trying to work up the guts to tell your boss you want to change your role. Regardless, your stomach’s a pit of despair, and your mind’s screaming at you to stop trying to change the status quo.

Feel like I’m reading your mind? Well, good news, I’m not! Rather, you’re going through something very common. In fact I don’t know anyone, including myself, who didn’t freak out before making a leap.

So first things first. Let’s get over the idea that fear is a bad thing.

It’s not—it’s a biological reaction that tells you when things are changing so you stay alert and react. Or, if you prefer explanations that sound less textbook-y, think of it this way: It’s also a tool to help you on your journey.

Think about the last time you were on a roller coaster. Were you screaming your head off wanting to get the heck off of it as you inched towards that first big drop? But then as soon as it ended, wanted to get ride back on and live the thrill again?

That’s the roller coaster effect.