How Fear Affects Your Life - Career

As we learned yesterday, despite Halloween around the corner, fear can creep into our lives anytime of the year. Today, we're talking about one more area fear rears it's ugly head:


Sometimes it can feel more comfortable to play it safe when it comes to a job or career. We have families to take care of, bills to pay, and a retirement to consider.

But what happens when you have that desire growing in your heart to make a career change? To start a new business? To leave a toxic work environment?

Here's what fear will say: You won't be any good at that new career. You don't have what it takes to run a business, plus, it'll fail anyway. What if you leave this toxic environment and go straight into another toxic one? You're going to let people down. You're going to fail your family. Don't even try.

How we respond to fear makes all the difference. Do we stay put and ignore the desire inside? Or do we push through the fear, grab on to courage and take the leap? For me personally in my career there was a time when I had to push through fear & harness courage. In all honesty, I let the fear rule for a time being. What changed was imagining myself at the end my career and wondering: What if I'd done it differently? I didn't want to have any regrets because of what may or may not happen.

If we make decisions in our careers out of fear, this can lead to lack of motivation, burnout, joylessness in our role at work, procrastination....just to mention a few! Over time this will begin to bleed into family/personal life, parenting, and so forth.

Maybe you feel the same way? We encourage you to take serious inventory of the decisions ahead of you to see if they're realistic hurdles or fear. Thank you for reading!

Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC

*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.