The 4 Steps to Overcoming Nerves & Anxiety When Starting Your New Career
If you are reading this, that tells me that you’ve got yourself a new career– Congratulations!! That’s huge and half the battle when looking to refresh your life! However, once the celebrations are over, you are now probably going through the emotions of “Oh crap, I now have to deliver what I promised I would in my interviews,” and that’s got you feeling nervous. Well, don’t worry because I’ve got your back! In today’s blog post, we’re going to share with you how you can feel so confident and really start your first couple of weeks of your new career doing really, really well.
1.) You Deserve This
When starting a new job or career, a lot of second guessing can take place because change quite frankly, is uncomfortable. However, it is necessary for growth and development and so with that, know that you deserve this job/ career and really believe it in your heart. Often when you take on a new professional role, typically it’s in a more challenging job, a more senior job, or you’ve completely changed careers. Whatever the situation, it’s a big transition for you, chances are that you might have “Imposter Syndrome”. Where you feel like maybe you aren’t as good as your portrayed in your interviews, or you feel like you might do as well as you hoped you would, or you feel like you might not perform as well as other people at the organization. Before your mind goes away thinking about all of the things you’re not good at or all the things that could go wrong, I invite you to pause for a moment, and I’d like you to consider that you truly deserve this opportunity. The reason that someone gave you this job isn’t because you fooled them or because you lied to them. It’s because they believe in you and they know that you can do amazing things at this job. And you earned it!
2.) Change Your Perspective
Trade unhealthy thoughts about yourself for healthy thoughts. If you’re nervous, chances are you’ve got a little bit of chitter chatter going on in your mind. Maybe you’ve been thinking “I don’t know how to do this”, “I’m not good at this.”, and these things are what Carol Dweck has classified as a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset is where you think that you can’t do something, or you’re not capable of doing something, or you’re not good at something, and you think that can’t change. That’s what makes you nervous because you’re thinking that if you can’t change it, then you’re screwed. That’s when you need to adapt a growth mindset. Instead of thinking “I can’t do this.”, you will think “I will learn how to do this.” Whenever you start to think about how you can grow instead of why you can’t, then your growth mindset will give you the confidence to realize that regardless of what you face in your first few weeks of your new career, you will figure it out.
3.) Confidence is Key
Before you start your new job/ career, it’s really important that you carve out some time to do something that makes you feel like “I’ve got this down!”. Now, to do this, think about something that makes you feel confident. Whether that be rocking out to music, hitting the gym, or doing your hair and makeup for a girls day, do something that just amps you up for your day ahead. Make sure that you don’t only do this the days leading up to your first day, but also for the first few weeks into your new job/ career. When you add moments like these to your daily routine, you’re setting the tone for your mindset for the day in front of you along with shifting your mindset of how you feel about yourself.
4.) Affirm Your Existence
You know the saying– “You are what you project.” So, why not project the best circumstances for yourself and your future? A simple way to do this is by writing positive affirmations to yourself every single day. Though it may feel corny, it works tremendously. To do this, you want to write statements such as; “I will learn everything I need to learn in order to perform well in my job”. ” I am grateful for the skills and talents that I have”. “I trust my intuition and all of the guidance I have in my decision making.” Any time you say affirmations like those over and over again, it starts to shift the way you not only see yourself, but also the way you see the world. The more you repeat these mantras to yourself out loud, you’ll believe them more and more each day.
And there you have it! Four easy steps to helping overcome your nerves and anxiety when starting your new job/ career! If you’re not quite at that stage where you’re starting your dream job in your dream career, but you’re ready to make that change, let us help. A career in beauty may be the career you never knew you needed. Check out our programs and learn what we’re all about. We know change can be uncomfortable and even scary at times, but don’t worry– we’ll be with you every step of the way. You. Can. Do. This.