We’ve all heard the age old saying that the only constant in life is change, so even if you’re not ready for it, change is inevitable. We talk with people on a daily basis about their career plans. We hear the word ‘change’ a lot. Sometimes it’s in the context of “I’m ready to make a change” and sometimes it’s “I’m not looking for a change at this time.” We have seen people jump at an opportunity and they are forever grateful because it’s the best job they have ever had. We have had people pass up on opportunities simply because they have been with the same company for so long. The fear of change paralyzed them and they may have missed out.
I think what scares people about change is the risk that is associated with it. I asked a few people in the office what they think of when they hear the term, ‘Risk taking’ and I was given the following answers:
- Thinking outside the box
- Willing to be wrong
- Being comfortable in their own skin
- Something I haven’t done before
- Something that makes me uncomfortable
- Not afraid to go against the grain
Clearly there is a common theme here. We focus a lot of time talking about growth and development to help further one’s career. This occurs only when you’re willing to take those risks. This proposes the question, “Why do we oppose risk and change so much if this is the only way we can move forward?” Taking risks and making changes is hard for some because it means that they have to be willing to be wrong if things don’t go as planned and getting enough courage to do this can be challenging. You owe it to yourself and to your family to seriously weigh all of your options. It takes courage to stay somewhere and it takes courage to leave somewhere. Don’t sell yourself short because of the fear of the unknown.
Our training director, Liz Hall, recently shared this quote and it really resonated with me:
“Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades bumps and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested. And have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect – nothing is and no one is – and that’s OK.” – Katie Couric
You can find more from Liz by following @lizdom2livby on Instagram.
To help ease the anxiety on change and risk taking, I’ve compiled some additional quotes below in case you need a little bit of motivation to take that next leap of faith:
Kayla Hansen joined Aureus Group in January 2012 where she started as a Recruiter for the accounting and finance division. Currently she serves as the Operations Assistant supporting all divisions within Aureus Group. Kayla has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Wayne State College. She and her husband, Jason, recently added to their family. Like most busy parents, Knox occupies her free time but when time allows, she loves attending concerts, various sporting events, and loves DIY projects. Kayla is an active Wish Granter and a member of the Young Leaders Committee through Make-A-Wish of Nebraska. She really values the time spent enhancing the lives of wish families throughout the organization.