Recognize The Common Problems And What You Could Do To Embrace A More Fulfilling Career
In my previous post, I’ve outlined 3 simple questions to help you see your job from a different perspective, find fulfillment in your career and most importantly be grateful for it. If you have not read the first part of the post, please access it here.
There are many success stories about how people took the courage and changed their career paths. Changing career is a big thing and behind all these success stories, often times one of the main reasons why people decided to take the plunge was because they were unhappy with their previous jobs.
I would like to congratulate you if you are one of the casts of the success stories. No doubt, these successes inspire many to follow the footsteps, but not everyone could change jobs or career paths so easily.
Switching careers takes a lot of careful planning and preparations, in terms of financial stability, enhancing skill sets and knowledge. Are you easily adaptable to a new environment and all the challenges that lie ahead?
If you think again, sometimes we simply dislike something because of the inconveniences and uncertainties involved. Maybe it is pushing your limits, and your comfort zone is no longer comfortable. The pressure is so real and it’s causing you sleepless nights and worrisome days. Things are getting tougher and you are not sure how to handle the situation.
In order to understand the reasons behind these unpleasant feelings and thoughts, we shall continue with the 2nd part of the post by exploring deeper this time.
Let’s pinpoint some of the possible causes and see how you can improve the situation to make things more likable and manageable. Here are some ideas to help you out in your pursuit of a more fulfilling career, especially if you are currently not ready to change job.
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1. Know Your Level Of Knowledge And Skill Sets
When you find it hard to keep up with the job, it is important to deal with it as soon as you can. Instead of worrying your lack of knowledge would be found out and perceived as incompetent, be brave to acknowledge the problem.
Admit that your knowledge and skill sets may not be good enough to carry out the task given. Let the boss know of your intention to improve. Brush up your skills or learn a new language to help you advance in your career.
Many companies have budgets allocated for employee enrichment programs. Discuss to find out if there’s any chance of you getting access to that program. If that’s not possible due to whatever reasons, how about getting a loan from the company to invest in yourself?
Knowledge is power and it leads to higher self-confidence and self-esteem. I couldn’t stress this enough. Investing in yourself is so crucial if you want to stay up in the game, whether you are deciding to stay employed or venture out on your own later.
Education is abundance from free to paid ones. You can enroll in online courses or even attend physical classes if you have the time. Both are just as good. I love this quote from Zig Ziglar, “Success Occurs When Opportunity Meets Preparation.” So, always be prepared. Empower yourself and make lifelong learning your priority. This can lead you to a fulfilling career path.
2. Is Your Health At Stake?
Listen to your body. Do you feel lethargic lately, no matter how much rest you have? Are you feeling a lingering pain in some parts of your body? Maybe you are experiencing breathlessness and body odor. These are all signals telling you that your body is craving for your attention. Get a health check right away and talk to the doctor about your concern.
Your job may be way too demanding and this has taken a toll on your health. You feel so exhausted with immense pressure as if you’re going to explode at any time.
Try talking to your superior about your health condition. This is not something to be taken lightly. Don’t assume he notices everything about you. A big chance he doesn’t.
So, instead of pushing yourself too hard, it is wise to slow down and take a step back. How can you enjoy a fulfilling career when you are all stressed out? Take a break from work. Even a short break, like a day or two away from the office, can be such a big relieve.
Go to a movie or a spa, and spend some time on your hobbies. The motive here is to relax your mind and let your body rest. Also, eat healthily and start an exercise routine. Make some adjustments to you schedule and incorporate that into your lifestyle.
However, I do not suggest sleeping long hours during your off days, as this will make you more lethargic. You must have some activities to help you calm down and rest well. You are more receptive to changes and new challenges when you are well rested, feeling joyful and relaxed. Be kind to yourself. No one deserves it more than you do.
3. Mindset And Attitude
If you want to be awesome, feeling inspired and loved, stay away from negativity. Negativity is poisonous. Get it out of your life at all cost!
When you face challenges, do you feel doubtful about your own capability? And if you are given extra duties, do you feel it’s unfair that you have to work more? I’ve been working in the corporate world since the day I graduated, and let me assure you that there are actually people like that.
Everyone has different personalities and mindset. If you are the smarter ones, you will welcome any ad-hoc jobs and extra duties with a great sense of responsibility and commitment. You see it as a good way to learn, and you’re grateful that your boss trusted you and your ability. This is career fulfillment, don’t you agree?
But if you are just the opposite, perhaps it is time to seriously make an effort, and rewire your mindset. I mean, how can you love your job if you are somewhat lazy and reluctant to give extra? You can’t draw a line when it comes to working. You work as a team, not individually. No one excels at being selfish and doing things alone. This is just not how the business environment works.
If you are committed to improving yourself and be appreciated at work, changing your mindset and attitude is the first most crucial step to take.
And the easiest way to start is by reading books or listening to podcasts. There are many materials available on personal development and positive mindset. There must be something that interests you. Alternatively, you can try meditation and incorporate positive affirmations into your daily life.
I have never come across resources produced to promote negativity. I only see lots and lots of books, videos, courses etc which help enhance goodness and positivity.
So, there is no excuse for not giving yourself a chance to enjoy the beautiful version of a working life. It all starts with you. When you give from the heart, it goes to the heart. Likewise, when you put in good energy, it will be well received and appreciated. This is the law of gratitude. Embrace it and make it a new way of life.
At the end of the day, you are in control of the decision you make. At some point in our lives, we may find ourselves at a crossroad. It was never easy being a mom and a career woman. But with the right mindset and attitude, I know you can make great things happen. Even a small change could lead to amazing result if you give yourself permission to embrace it.
As I mentioned in the 1st part of this post, we all have commitments. If you really think there’s no room for improvement in your current employment, continue to serve and do your best while you’re still there. At the same time, start doing research and look for a greener path.
As long as the company still pays you, it is your responsibility to serve your best. Be professional. The world is small, who knows someday you may cross path again. You may have some business deals or even personal agenda with someone there. So, be nice and professional. Keep cool and all the best in your pursuit of a fulfilling career.