Admit Your Career Is Not Working
Apr 30, 2013 - 11:01:16 AM
While this is the goal (and the dream) sometimes the jobs we take before we reach this goal are not that great. Maybe you are in a job now that is overwhelming or boring, but you need to keep it because of the state of the economy. Or, maybe your career could improve if you could communicate more effectively with your boss or co-workers, but you don't know what to say, or are afraid to say it, so you don't say anything.
Whatever the reason, the truth is you are unhappy where you are. I understand unhappiness. Not every job is the dream one. There are bills to pay and responsibilities to take care of. But still, you are unhappy. How much longer do you plan to endure your unhappiness? Your career gets better when you make it better. Making it better is up to you.
So What Do You Do When Your Career Is Not Working? Follow These 3 Steps Below.
1. Admit Your Career Is Not Working
You cannot fix what you do not admit. People ask me all the time how can they fix a broken career. I tell them the first step is recognizing there is a problem. Recognition brings it to the surface. Denial is the enemy of progress. Once you recognize the problem, you can face the issue, and prepare yourself to tackle it head on.
2. Acknowledge The Courage It Took To Recognize Your Problem
Saying "my career is not working" is courageous. These words have meaning; now you are accountable for your situation. You will have take action. You will have to make room in your schedule for making changes and you will have to add more items to an already busy calendar of things to do. Recognizing the problem sets you on a path, one that will require work and effort that will pay off in the future, but will add more to your place now. That takes courage. Good for you.
3. Do Something About Your Situation
Now, the work begins. What specifically is not working in your career? Write it down. What needs to be changed? Write it down. What is your goal? Where do you want to be in the future instead of where you are now? When will you get there? Write it down. What are the top 3 things you need to do to achieve your goal? Write them down. What is the priority of these 3 items? Write them down. What actions will you take first, second, third, etc?
See the theme here? Writing things down is the first step to making them real because you cannot do what you cannot see. Career change is a journey, not a sprint. You may want your change to happen quickly now that you can visualize it. Understandable. Your change will happen as long as you have a plan, you implement your plan, and you don't stop until you reach your destination.
So, what do you say? You only have one life to live, so it might as well be a life you love!
***Deborah Brown-Volkman, PCC, is the President of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc. a successful career, life, and mentor coaching company that works with Senior Executives, Vice Presidents, and Managers who are looking for new career opportunities or seek to become more productive in their current role. She is the author of "Coach Yourself To A New Career", "Don't Blow It! The Right Words For The Right Job" and "How To Feel Great At Work Everyday." Deborah can be reached at http://www.surpassyourdreams.
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