Many Americans only take half of their paid vacation because they are afraid of losing their job if they are away longer. In the UK a fifth of employees fear job loss. And in Sweden employees are afraid of speaking up against wrongdoings because they fear they will be replaced, even though they have a legally protected right to their job.
But does it really have to be this way? Are you simply a victim of external forces, a global culture where there’s no job security to find? Or could it be that the fear of losing your job is a sign that you are not fully living the life you should be? There’s an easy way to find out.
Ask yourself, are you doing what you most want in your life right now? How would you live if you had no fear at all? If your answers are not the way you are living your life right now, take an honest look at why you haven’t changed that. What is it that you’ve been afraid of?
“Fear and ‘pain’ are touchstones for all spiritual growth.”
The most common explanations people give for not stepping up and changing something, is fear of failure. However, being afraid to fail is in reality an excuse in disguise for your failure to work through your fear. Fear is a powerful instinct that serves a valuable purpose in some circumstances, but it can also misfire badly in situations. Fear tends to paralyze most people or at the best, slow us down to the point of non-action. Remember that fear and “pain” are touchstones for all spiritual growth. Make friends with your fear and learn to use it as an indicator for action!
When you are doing your lifework, you will no longer be governed by fear of losing your job. The courage to live consciously will far exceed any fear of loss. You will be living with the knowledge that you will be taken care of, regardless of the circumstances. When you are living your true purpose and are of service to others, there will always be “more to come” positively for you. So step into action, be courageous, take charge of your life and live your purpose!