As we progress through our lives, both work and personal, we strive to go in one direction and one direction only – FORWARD!
As we get older, we gain the ability to drive better cars than when we were 17, buy bigger houses, eat in better restaurants, however, it seems that we will sometimes allow ourselves to become "stuck" in career situations that can inhibit our ability to move forward, based on the increase of financial responsibilities that we take on.
Here's my response to anyone who feels stuck at work: Push Yourself To Move On!
With the many choices we make in our lives, BEING STUCK SHOULD NOT BE AN OPTION. But, due to pressing economic constraints, many people allow themselves to remain in situations that would never be acceptable in other areas of their lives.
This stifled and dissatisfied feeling at work should not put the brakes on where you are going and where you want to be. Rather, it should be the fuel in your engine to propel you forward, and drive you to a place that WILL allow you to use your abilities and WILL allow you to progress to a higher level.
People are capable of greatness. Many of us have talents that go untapped due to either feeling that our contributions will not make a difference or because it is thought that management will not listen.
In all of my writings about sales, none of it will matter unless you make a true evaluation of where you are in your life – work and personal.
Evaluate if you are truly content in your current position, or if you have just stopped pushing yourself harder to get out of the "dead-end" you have found yourself in. Nobody is telling you to just quit your job. What I am trying to get you to understand is that you should take steps to put your "feelers" out there for what other opportunities and options that are available to you, and may give you a better feeling of accomplishment and/or greater financial opportunities, as well.
Take note of your strengths and abilities and if they are being recognized by your bosses, co-workers or management. Of course, no job is 100% perfect. However, we spend way too much time with people to be miserable. Life's too short for that. I've worked for many different companies over the course of my career – and each time I left one position, it propelled me higher up my ladder of success. All you need is that "20 seconds of courage" to take that leap forward.
Think about this for a moment:
1) Take a mental inventory of your work life – pros, cons and satisfaction level.
2) Weed out as much of the negative energy as possible. Then, re-evaluate.
3) If you still feel unsatisfied, explore other options to avoid becoming "stuck".
4) Surround yourself with peers who are more skilled or experienced than you. Seeing where you could be headed is better than being stuck with those behind you who are holding you back.
5) Always stay positive and continue to "better" your existence.
I know that I am probably not saying anything new hear, and at times, it may sound a bit like a motivational speech, but the truth is that sometimes we need to hear things directly to give us that "push" that we need to take a chance, and make changes that could better us, and our lives tenfold.
I've done this myself, and the rewards have been worth pushing past the fear and realizing just what I was capable of doing. If you need that extra "push", I welcome the opportunity to speak with anyone who needs that extra help.
There are no "cheerleaders" rooting us on….We all need to dig down deep and find that strength at our core to keep us moving forward – to keep us from ever settling into a position or situation that goes against every grain of our being.
Go forth with confidence…..Stay true to your core beliefs. NEVER SETTLE!