Grow your career when you feel stuck, restless, or even beautifully fulfilled. (Growth is good!!)
Spend some time reflecting on yourself and your career satisfaction. What’s working? What’s not? What makes a good work day? Who do you want to become? In what ways are you struggling and what/who might help? Focus on clarifying the positives of what you enjoy, do well, and want for yourself through working.
Nurture your dreams about what you could do. Too often we see our career desires as unrealistic, but we need that future-oriented, hopeful, creative idea muscle! So exercise it. You’ll choose which dreams to act on later, but play for a while. Let yourself imagine what you want or might want for yourself.
Learning is an excellent investment in yourself and your career. How could you build your knowledge and skills? Perhaps read a new book or new blog in your field. Take a free online course or a night class. Find a conference or workshop. Start a book club or learning circle with some colleagues.
Keep yourself healthy and energized as best you can. If your career feels stuck, maybe you’re run down and feeling burnt out. More sleep, exercise, and fun can help with a reboot. Remind yourself what you like to do to rest, recharge, find inspiration, and play. Have you done any of those things lately? Make your health and well-being a priority.
Independence is overrated! And people who don’t “get” you, even if they love you, often can’t be that supportive. Find your people! Who will relate to your career goals and needs and who wants to help? Try asking for – and offering – help more often.
Planning and Action
You can’t just wait for things to happen. Set a goal – modest or daring, tenative or certain – and then plan out some small beginning steps. Once you have a list of steps, start taking small steps daily or weekly. Luck loves action and over time you’ll create new energy and momentum!
Next Steps …
- Which ways to grow appeal to you now? Choose one. You could build on an area where you already devote time and energy or focus on an area that’s less familiar and less developed.
- Think of one action that will take you 15 minutes or less. For example, you might write out an answer to one of the self-awareness questions above, or pause for a 15-minute meditation, or draw a playful picture of yourself at work 5 years from now, or make a list of career goals for this year, or browse online courses, or look up a new professional association or community group to investigate, or … what else?