Do you dream of doing something different with your life? Do you sit at your desk or in meetings and doodle, wishing you were anywhere else? Do you feel stuck? If you want to change your life or your career, you need to work out what is preventing you from making the jump.

Here are the five most common fears that might be holding you back.

  1. Fear of fear

It might sound a little kooky, but fear of fear will keep you right in your comfort zone, not wanting to take a risk. Needing security is a legitimate reason to stay in a job that might be unfulfilling, especially if you have family or other obligations. And fear doesn’t feel good because it’s uncomfortable.  But it might be worth allowing yourself to feel afraid, analyzing what message it’s giving you, and seeing if that message holds up.

  1. Fear of failure

Failure happens to everyone. Mistakes and missteps are how humans learn and adapt. Failure is an important step towards success. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from trying.

  1. I’m not ready

Do you find yourself saying it’s not the right time, I don’t know enough, I need to save more or any other delaying tactic? There will never be the right or the perfect time to do it. Work out what skills, funds or support you need and start to get those things lined up right now.

  1. I don’t know where to start

If your dream stays as a nebulous desire, you’ll never achieve it. You need to take a businesslike approach to your big dream and turn it into an achievable goal.  And you can do this by treating it as a project. Break your big goal into a set of smaller SMART goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-Bound.

  1. Fear of going it alone

You don’t have to do it all by yourself. No one can! Whatever your dream, it’s likely you will need support along the way, and the best way to ensure you get it is to plan for it. When you’re creating your business plan, make sure to include all the external skills and support you’re likely to need, from book-keeping to website building or just general business advice. You’ll probably find it useful to have a mentor or coach to go to for advice or to test ideas.

And don’t forget your cheer squad of family and friends. They‘ll keep you going through the tough times, and help you celebrate your success.