Behavioral economists, who look at how people make choices, are well aware of the fact that we tend to choose the thing that feels most desirable in the present and postpone a harder or riskier choice until the future.
Fortunately, they have also noted ways that people work around that. One solution is to precommit, that is to take an action that requires you to make that more difficult choice now.
Precommitment is also an excellent strategy for circumventing fear. When you book a Testdrive in Your Dreamjob now you can’t talk yourself out of it. You are precommiting yourself to something that felt scary. That way, when the time comes, if your brain’s limbic system urges you to put off the testdrive, you would no longer have the option.
Throughout this hero’s journey there are many ways you can precommit to circumvent your fear: schedule a Meet Your Heroines three months in the future because that far away it won’t seem so scary.
Don’t commit if on every moment you question the decision, but do commit if in your heart you know your course is right and it is only fear that is making you waffle.
What Can I Expect?
Here’s an outline of The Heroine’s Journey in Paris: Testdrive your Dreamjob
- In the Footsteps of Julia Child
- Just Do It
- The Search for Mentors
- Questions to Ask
- Telling Your Story
- Finding the Right Mentor
- A Mentor of Your Own
- Doing the Testdrive
- Questions for the Mentor
- Choose a Cheerleader
- Should I Hire a Coach?
- Listening with your Heart
- Evaluating the Testdrive
- Not Your Dream Job After All?
Your Travel Guide
Story teller Peter de Kuster is the founder of The Heroine’s Journey en The Hero’s Journey and an accomplished speaker worldwide. His books and stories about the Hero’s Journey – making money doing what you love – have reached millions of creative professionals worldwide in the last decennium.