I was recently invited to join Forbes Coaches Council; it is an incredible honor and a credit to the work that I have done for the past 25 years. Forbes is trusted; more than 50 million monthly readers trust Forbes.com for the business ideas shared there. Members are selected for the Council based on their depth and diversity of experience, then invited to share their own insights via CommunityVoice on Forbes.com. As a coach, I help others to become their personal best; it is that process that brings me joy. So think about your own career. Are you…
Going forward or moving back
Realizing you need change to get out of your rut is the first step. Once you’re there, spend some time thinking about which direction you want to go. Do you want to change into a new career? Stay in the same career but move forward into a promotion? Stay in the same career but move back into a prior job that you enjoyed, was more meaningful, and that was less stressful? Segue into an “unjob” (contract, freelance, or self-employment work) or put your career on hold (sabbatical or leave of absence) while you explore those things you always wanted to do that offer zero or minimal financial compensation. This could mean honing an art like pottery or painting or even exploring missionary work. Take the time to reflect on how your life purpose and your dreams should direct your career choices. And yes, it could mean redefining yourself as a professional.
As a coach and one who has redefined myself, I look first at employment history, passion and purpose. What would your ideal career look and feel like? How will you know that it is right for you?
How Do I Know When Enough is Enough
Take a moment to reflect on your own career. If you were to lose your job today, how would that affect you? If you needed a professional recommendation, who would you contact to provide it? How would that recommendation look and feel? Do others think of you as a resource, as a go-to person? You may love your work, and dislike those with whom you work. Work satisfaction studies reveal that job frustration is the #1 problem that people express. We have all experienced the typical ‘bad day at the office’ – so when is enough just that – enough? I recommend listening to your body; it is a great indicator. If your job makes you ill, it may be time to look elsewhere.
Can you fix what is not working on your job? Can you change departments or move your desk to another location? Sometimes, even changing the position of your desk helps. Is there an opportunity for professional growth and can you learn from this position and use that knowledge to advance your career?
What kind of work and work setting excite you? What would give you great joy in the workplace? Do you prefer to work alone, or as a part of a team? What steps have you taken thus far to change your situation and what is your timeline for a change? Put yourself in a position in which resignation is a good choice, rather than a desperate one.
Consult a coach, and get sound advice that will help to guide you! A Forbes Coaches Council member is a good place to start, and a name you can trust!