Originally posted 2/2/2015
So many people made lofty resolutions for a career or job change this year. By February, most have already abandoned those new year promises, mostly because the goals were vague, you don’t know where to start – it all feels like just too much effort and it is so much easier to stay where you are.
Here is my question for you – if you project yourself out to the end of this year, how you will feel if you don’t take any steps to make a change or get more enjoyment out of your current job? Will you be disappointed? Frustrated? Upset with your lack of progress? If so, now is the time to get clear and get into action to make that change you want and need.
Analyze what you like and dislike about your current job or career. Make a list of pros and cons – I know it sounds elementary but it is critical for you to have an inventory of what you love and what frustrates you.
Review that list for anything that jumps out and really tugs at your heart. Put a big circle around it and move it to the top of your list. Those words are real clues for you to follow on your search for more fulfillment in your work.
Take the information you outlined and analyze what you need to do to correct it.
For example, if your boss is driving you crazy, you just can’t do anything right, be honest about how, or if, the situation can change for the better. Can you have a talk with them and ask them what needs to be done to improve? If not, how can you change YOUR reaction to the boss? You can only change what you feel, not their behavior. Sometimes this little step will not only give you more satisfaction, but it will also be noticeable to others. And your work environment may just have gotten better.
If a discussion doesn’t work, be honest and see if it is time for a job or career change. Get help and support in thinking this through and planning out this change. Treat it like a project – set goals, timelines and what support you need to move forward. Give yourself permission to get outside expertise from a coach or career consultant. You can’t do it all alone!
Take full responsibility for where you are and where you want to be. Now is the time to stop blaming others, like the boss, the company culture, your co-workers, etc., for making you unhappy. You are 100% responsible for how you feel. A tough lesson but once you accept it, you will feel so free. Let go of your feelings and behaviors that no longer serve you. Put the past in the past. Keep an eye on right now and in your future. It starts right now- with you.
Be honest about what part you play in your unhappiness with your work – I’m not saying it is not real or not valid. I am saying that only you can make it change. Believe in yourself, in your abilities and know that there is a support system out there to help you. You CAN!
Take one little step towards making this year truly fulfilling for your work and career. Wishing, hoping, whining and complaining will not get you happiness. Only planning, action and knowing you CAN do it will bring you more joy. (Thoughtful prayers help too!). Each action pushes you forward a little more and soon you will have a plan for liking your work more, or for moving on.
In my next blog and newsletter, I will give you more ideas on how to enjoy the work where you are now, and how to get the support you need to really be happier in your work.
Do you feel that you are bored or exhausted at the end of the day and need something different ? Are you in a life-transition – divorce, empty-nester, retiring, lost your job? Is it time to start a new chapter? If not now, what are you waiting for?
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