Getting Through What is Holding You Back

You know your full potential is not being utilized and you want to take your career to the next level. So, what is it that’s holding you back?

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears”. This wise and powerful quote from Les Brown demonstrates the power of belief. In a world where comparisons are just a tap away on social media, it is easy to lose sight of the end goal. We are constantly sharing our best moments and comparing our life highlights to everyone else’s. It’s easy to surf on social media and see how great life is for everyone else.

The point is that in society today, it is easy to lose focus. A job that felt perfect a month ago may no longer be a good fit. Work projects that used to feel satisfying when they were finished no longer create that feeling. What could be the reason you are feeling that way? Do you want to make significant changes to your life and not sure what’s blocking you from pursuing the next step in your career? It’s a simple answer – it’s fear.


One fear that may be holding you back in your career is the fear of uncertainty. When we are out of control, our brains tend to go to some dark places out of fear. To ease this, we simply stay content, because something that is familiar is comfortable. However, this fear can be com-batted by simply putting together a step-by-step plan together. Many organizational programs use Mind-Mapping, which are visualizations of a detailed plan of action that can get you from one place to another. Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Mapping, explains how this can be a powerful technique to help you unlock the potential of the brain. He provides 7 Steps to Making a Mind Map , which can help you to have a more productive and focused plan. Using a mind map to outline how to get to your dream job may help convince yourself that the change you seek is truly attainable.


Another common fear that prohibits people from reaching their maximum potential is the fear of rejection. This feeling of total angst that comes with rejection is often too difficult for people to imagine dealing with. The way to address this is to be realistic. Rome wasn’t built overnight, just like your brand-new company isn’t going to turn a profit in the first couple weeks following launch. Like the suggestion in the paragraph above, follow your plan meticulously, and stay realistic.

Along with rejection, comes the fear of being judged. Whether this be by friends, family or co-workers, remember that opinions are just opinions. There are plenty of communities out there with like-minded individuals who are willing to guide and assist you along your journey. Find sanctuary in communities and remember there will always be the naysayers who try to steer you away from your dreams.


One extremely common reason people don’t pursue their dream jobs is the fear of change. With a new career move comes a new routine, causing you balance in life to be uprooted. Perhaps your dream job has later hours at night, so now you must go to the gym in the morning. Now you need to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier. The point is life will change, but why does that need to be a terrible thing? Take this quote from Albert Einstein, “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking”.

When you create a detailed step-by-step plan, surround yourself with supportive people, and take that leap you can do anything!