Fear of change and comfortable pessimism as an excuse

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Fear can certainly save you from a lot of adversity, but it can also be extremely obstructive when it comes to changing something. It quickly becomes a convenient excuse.Best of HR – Berufebilder.de®

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Tom Diesbrock 84Tom Diesbrock is a psychologist, consultant, team developer and book author.


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There is always some excuse not to do anything

Regardless of whether the economy is on the up or down and the number of unemployed is rising or falling - there is always negative news that keeps people from changing. Fear and panic are then more difficult than facts.

The fact is: the job market is often used as an argument to stick to an unpopular job. Because in the minds of many people it is creepy there:

In the job market are the laws of the jungle prevailing?

“Of course I would like another job. But nowadays it would be suicide to voluntarily give up a secure job. We know that there is a lack and suffering in the labor market. I prefer to stay away and stay where I am. "

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In the labor market, many believe that there is a fundamental shortage, because jobs are a scarce commodity. The job market is always only interested in others, never in me. This market is more like a battlefield where the laws of the jungle apply.

Only the tough get into the garden?

Only the very hard and ruthless can win here. Or young people with a super qualification and a mega experience. Otto Normal-Malocher is pushed there to the siding - whoever goes to the labor market, lands sooner or later at the employment office.

Just as a creepy film takes place on the cinema screen, the labor market - as many believe - is depicted exclusively in job advertisements and job exchanges. But they find either offers for exactly the activity with which they are just so dissatisfied - or a more attractive one for which they do not qualify.

Job advertisements - a sure way to spoil your mood

For riders of dead horses, this reading is almost always a sure way to spoil your mood and to confirm what you already knew before: that there is no way out, because the labor market holds no offers.

The fear of unemployment is understandably great in many people who would like to have a new job. Often, however, people take it for granted that there is no need for the jobs they dream of.

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Faith instead of knowledge

Only such a fear is often based on assumptions that are not examined in a differentiated way. Instead of intensive research, with people and Company to speak and perhaps look for similar alternatives, they hold fast to their belief in the labor market, which offers them no opportunities, immovably.

When I am inwardly split, and a part of me is resisting any change, I find a simple and negative image very convenient. The labor market is a great projection area for my fears and the perfect justification for my inactivity.

Everyone else thinks so too!

Since many people work in a similar way and share this picture, it is relatively easy to get confirmation from others that “with this desire to work, you certainly cannot become anything”. The labor market is one of the most frequently used arguments for riding dead horses.

The labor market is precisely what the term says: a very large and complex market. And there is a constant coming and going in this market.

Deceptive statistics from the labor market

If, for example, the statistics in January and December of a year indicate three million unemployed people, they are not the same time at the same time.

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A part is certainly unemployed for a long time, but for many it is only a stopover on the way from Job A to Job B. It is also a misunderstanding to believe that the job market is only reflected in job advertisements and job boards.

Fixed on job advertisements like the rabbit on the snake

Only a part of the posts will be awarded. Internal and, above all, initiative applications are becoming increasingly important. But since many people shy away from making their own initiative and creative search, they rather continue to stare into the jobbars like the rabbit on the snake.

There was once a career with lifelong employment and clearly defined job profiles, which hardly changed over the years. There you became something and stayed there for a lifetime. This was more convenient and offered much more security and continuity than we know today.

More opportunities, more risks

However, even fewer chances to adapt the work changed living conditions and interests. Today, we do not miss our own career and define our goals and content ourselves.

What is needed in the market is subject to great fluctuations. The speed of the change increases. New professional images are constantly being created. Many activities are extremely complex, develop into niches and can not be described with conventional job profiles.

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Do not cling, but use opportunities!

The forms of work are becoming ever more diverse. Full-time employment over many years is simply not and will not be the norm.

If I cling to it, how good it was once and how bad it is today, if I do not accept the new game rules for me and after the old simply uninhibited, the labor market seems to me frightening.

Symptom for inner resistance?

If I long for a new career, but refer to the horrors of the labor market to justify my persistence, this is most likely a symptom of my inner resistance rather than a valid argument!

Do you sometimes think that you have a chance with no career alternative on the labor market? Is your professional reorientation restricted to the search through job advertisements and job exchanges? And does this mainly cause you frustration?

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