1. Name It
Name the fear. Here’s a list of the common sources of fear:
- High expectations
- Missed opportunities
- The what ifs
- Change (new town, travel, long commute, new boss)
The last point is of particular concern if you're going abroad for work or an internship program in China or elsewhere. Many folks refuse to consider or turn down an opportunity abroad, particularly in a country with a vastly different culture, because the fear of change or difference is too overwhelming or even frightening.
Face up to your fear. Time abroad - whether as a student or for work - is perhaps the best thing you could do for yourself and your personal development. Acknowledge your fear of leaving your comfort zone. Admit how you feel. Now you're ready to move on.
2. Take Action
Action diminishes fear. Action can entail several things when it comes to career. The first should be determine your direction. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Then make a plan around that target. If this is overwhelming for you, don’t go it alone. Work with a coach or trusted advisor to help get you started.
At Getin2China, we encounter intern candidates who want to come to China but don't know what to expect. Some relish the unknown; others, not so much. We reassure them that experiencing a country like China is an opportunity of a lifetime. Once they get here, take in the life and work away at their internships, their attitudes completely change. They're glad they took action by coming to the Middle Kingdom.
3. Control The Controllables
Sometimes you have to say, “I have done all I can so far with this opportunity.” When you get to that place of hitting a wall - they don’t call back after several attempts, and so on, shift your eyes on creating more opportunities. Don’t let the uncontrollables control you. When you whine about the weather or get angry about the situation you are in, I ask yourself, what can I do to make this better? What can I control and what can’t I? If you can’t control it – ignore it and move on.
Take these tips and don’t let fear hold you back. There is always hope.