You've heard the saying, "Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid!" It's true. But that doesn't mean that trying to discern your next big move or asking questions about your path won't still be an emotional roller coaster. The scintillating promise of a brighter, bolder existence and the exhilarating taste of freedom are mingled with the paralyzing, nerve-wracking fear that you may not make it, that the net won’t appear, and you’ll end up in a worse place than where you started.
Fear can undermine us in two ways: It will either prevent us from taking bold action in the first place, keeping us caught in a cycle of anxiety, or it will send us doubt after doubt once we've made the leap. That can lead us to feel overwhelmed and sap the energy and devotion that continuing down this new path requires.
That is not to say nerves stemming from uncertainty aren't a natural part of approaching a big change. Simply by venturing outside your comfort zone and into the unknown, you're making yourself vulnerable to uncertainty. And that anxiety can keep you from making the breakthrough your heart’s been calling for—but it doesn't have to.
Here's how to prepare yourself to make that leap and succeed on your new path once you do.