Feeling Stuck in A Job?
If you have a job but aren’t getting a whole lot of satisfaction from it, we will examine why that is. You might feel lucky to have a job these days, and you are lucky, but there are a lot of people with incredible skill sets who aren’t willing to step outside of what they already know because they fear what’s beyond it. Am I describing you? What if new opportunities wait outside your comfort zone and you’re not even aware of them?!
If you’re feeling stuck in your job, think about what is missing. Consider what you are willing to sacrifice or risk in changing your current employment to possibly turn your life around.
Examine your current job situation.
What is it that you do appreciate? Is there anything you’d like to carry over to your next opportunity? (Sometimes in answering this question people surprisingly come to the conclusion that their present job isn’t so bad after all!) Try to view your situation as objectively as possible. Are you stuck because you’re unwilling to take on more responsibilities or are you bored? Are you overwhelmed by all that is required of you? Have the work-life balance scales tipped too far to the work side? Are you feeling powerless, as though your career trajectory has been hijacked? Are there opportunities for professional growth? Having the answers to these questions, and knowing how you feel about your answers, will help provide clues to your next steps.
Seek out personal development opportunities on your own time.
Personal development encompasses such things as building self-awareness, accruing strengths and talents, spirituality, health and fitness, social skills and carefully outlining overall aspirations and goals. Is your work in line with your interests, values and goals? Do you know what your interests, values and goals are?! Whether you choose to seek a new job or not, devoting some time and energy to personal development will raise your level of confidence and build up your skill storehouse.
Do some research.
I know some of you bristle at the word “research.” It can be as formal or informal as you like. Perhaps there are other, more appropriate roles in your organization that you might consider. Really find out what is going on in the marketplace; don’t make assumptions. Tell others what you seek, without complaining about where you are and what you do now. The more positive you are in this getting unstuck process, the better results you will reap (people are less inclined to help those that are negative).
Be adept at setting limits and boundaries.
Granted, this is hard to do when others have already been conditioned to expect certain things from you, but if you are making a switch to something new, be clear from the get-go about where you want your obligations to end. For example, you might state you are not available to work weekends or travel more than one time per month. Be careful not to passively recreate in your new job exactly what you don’t like about the job you have now.
If you are ready to think outside the box, confront your fears, and make a change in your life for the better, then it sounds as though you are ready to work with me to finally improve your job situation and become empowered overall.
Laurie Leinwand is a Professional Life Coach assisting clients with a variety of personal and professional life issues. Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching encompasses Laurie’s work as a life coach for women and men, career life coach and work-life balance coach.
One of her specialty areas is career life coaching for women and men transitioning between jobs or reentering the workforce. If you are stuck in your job or career and need help in finding fulfillment and your life purpose, Laurie can help you break through and arrive at your desired destination fast and efficiently. She also coaches clients who are stay at home parents. Stay at home moms and dads are required to make adjustments regularly as their children grow – this can be difficult. Laurie also works with them as they make pivotal decisions such as returning to work.
Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching is located in Randolph, NJ and services the surrounding communities of Morristown, Denville, Parsippany, Florham Park and Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, though much of her coaching is done on the phone and is accessible to clients worldwide. Laurie is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the New Jersey Professional Coaches Association (NJPCA).