From the fear of failing to the joy of trying
Updated: Aug 4
Have you ever been in a situation where you decided it was best to not take the risk even though it could lead to something great because what if it didn't? Have you ever felt paralyzed by fear? One of our coaches, Christelle, felt exactly this when she changed her career and thus the path of her life.
“It took me 5 years and the strongest of incentive, a burnout, to overcome my fear. I had started my career in marketing in 2004, in France. By 2015, I had worked in London and Stockholm, joined a big corporation, and moved up the ranks every second year. I was a competent brand-strategist, recognized by my peers, and appreciated as a colleague. But I still felt that something was wrong. I was frustrated and I didn’t feel motivated. Gradually, I realized I needed a stronger purpose. A job where I got to help people be happier at work. But stuck in my career I had no idea how to change.
Over the next 5 years, I switched jobs twice, hoping a different context and a different team would bring back my happiness. It didn’t, and as time passed, I felt more and more uncomfortable and distressed. How can I work another 20 years feeling so out of place? I want to leave, but can I really do that without having a clear plan? I was so scared to make the wrong decision I instead did nothing.
Waves of dissatisfaction, doubts, and struggles washed over me until I hit a wall. In 2018, the combination of personal problems and extreme pressure at work burnt me out. I realized that I might not be able to control things such as illness and death, but I can control what I work with. In November 2018, I took a coaching course and began helping others alongside my regular job. In 2019, I quit marketing and started my own coaching business.
Today I contribute to people’s happiness at work. This brings me so much joy and energy! Finally, I feel that I’m working in line with my values and that I get to develop my natural strengths. Do I have a clear path now? No. I’m on a journey of discovery and the road can still be bumpy at times. Sometimes I have moments of doubt, but I don’t regret making the change. I only regret not doing it earlier.
Here are my thoughts for you if fear is holding you back. Don’t wait for the perfect timing or until you hit a wall before you take action. Ask yourself: what is my dream? What is the first small step I can take? What is the worst thing that can happen? Who can help me? Joy is around the corner, you just need to take the first step. And if you want a guide on your journey, I can be there for you.”
Do you want to learn more about coaching or perhaps look into the possibility of having Christelle as your coach? Then click here.