What to Do When You Don't Feel Ready for a Challenging Project

Your boss is finally letting you take the lead on a new project. But instead of feeling excited, you feel—in a word—panicked! These aren’t the nerves that accompany stepping out of your comfort zone, though; you feel like you don’t have the proper qualifications, and you’re genuinely concerned about your ability to execute.

Your first instinct may be to decline, perhaps suggesting a colleague who seems better suited or clarifying that, while this project doesn’t seem like a fit, you’d still like to be considered for new opportunities in the future.

But before you tell your boss “no,” take the time to gather more information. Use the three questions below to determine if you are, in fact, the right person for the job.

See the rest of my latest Daily Muse post here.