(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Are you hiding out in your career? If yes, you are not alone. There is a lot going on in the workplace these days; enough to make you want to stay in bed and stay under your blanket and right next to your pillow.
Since your career spans 30, 40, 50 years or more, there will be moments when you will want to hide. Maybe your job search is burning you out. Maybe your boss or co-workers are draining your energy. Maybe the projects that once inspired you, are no longer exciting anymore.
Hiding out can serve a purpose. Sometimes you may need to re-group or come up with a new plan. Sometimes your personal life is overwhelming and you need to coast. So, if hiding out is helping you, then continue. But if hiding out is getting old and frustrating, then it's time to become a participant in your career again.
Are You Ready To Stop Hiding? Follow These Four Steps Below.
1. Figure Out Why You Are Hiding
Why have you been hiding? Spend time with a piece of paper or a friend to find out. Dig deep and uncover the reasons why you have stopped moving forward. Whatever you discover, make peace with it. We do what we do in our career because during certain times that's what we need to do. Know that you needed to hide to work things through. Trust that now is the perfect time to try again.
2. Make A Decision To Not Hide Anymore
Change in your career occurs when you make the decision to change. Just like you chose to hide, you can choose not to hide anymore.
Yearn for focus, energy, and direction? Make the decision to have these things and you will get them. There is power and momentum when you deicide to do something. Deciding to have a fulfilling career is your pathway to achieving one.
Whatever has happened to you up to this point in your career doesn't matter anymore. (Everyone has a story to tell.) The next chapter in your career can and will be victorious if you decide that it will be.
3. Stop Hiding
Do you want to be safe or happy? Safe costs a lot. Safe keeps you from having a career you enjoy. Most people strive for happiness for a reason. When you are happy, you have momentum. Momentum gives you purpose. Purpose gives you meaning. Happy is worth shooting for.
When you are not hiding, you are living. You are pleased with your career. You are contributing versus going through the motions. You are making a difference.
Where do you begin? Start with today. Too many moments have passed already. If you want something different, you have to do something.
4. Plan Your "Coming Out"
What is your plan to unveil the new you?
Will you speak to your co-worker to discuss what's not working between the two of you? Will you have a conversation with your boss to reduce your workload or request more interesting projects? Or, is it time to look for a new job?
Get back into action. One action leads to another, which leads to another. That's how goals are reached; one action at a time. You do not have every action figured out before you act. You just need to get moving again.