Q: I have a problem reaching my goals. I'll get excited about a career opportunity, then lose interest. Why?
A: Many people who have trouble achieving their dreams eventually realize they're stymied by fear; that may be the case for you. To ease your apprehension, try the following: ID your anxiety. Are you afraid of striving and failing? Of succeeding and being envied? Of leaving your friends behind when you advance? Are you worried that your dream job, once realize, won't match your expectations? Come up with a backup plan. Write down your worst-case scenario and how you'd deal with it. If you don't get a particular job, you could pursue other possibilities. Or if you do get it and feel overwhelmed, you might seek out a mentor. Also, it can be helpful to remind your-self that you wouldn't have been offered the position unless you were qualified. Dive in. Once you know why you're hesitating and have a strategy for coping if your concerns come to pass, you'll be equipped to forge ahead fearlessly.