A new job can be cause for anxiety and that’s normal of anything new

I recently started a new job. Well, it’s not really a NEW job, since it’s for the same company just for a different department.

I thought since I already knew many of the people I’d be working with and utilizing many of the same skills and abilities that it’d be a piece of cake to transition from one job to the other. Fat chance.

On my first official day I found myself riddle with computer issues from my new system and a learning curve I wasn’t fully expecting since the nature of the work was so similar. But I suppose every job has its share of nuances which can seem challenging and even overwhelming at times to anyone unfamiliar with them.

I found myself feeling insecure and defeated as the day progressed. Thankfully my wife was home with a few encouraging words to get me through the day.

It’s funny how we all forget that anything NEW whether it be a job, relationship, town or state is often foreign to us and can be a little scary at times. But before long, it becomes common to us and we wonder why we ever worried about things in the first place.

But what I’ve learned is it’s okay to feel a little bit scared when something new comes along like a new job. It’s even okay to ask yourself if you made the right decision. If nothing else, it helps you stay on course. So, relax and take some deep breaths and understand that all beginnings are filled with a bit of anxiety. But before long they’re like a comfy old pair of slippers.

In Pema Chödrön’s book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, “Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don’t know.”