How to Start Rethinking Things When You’re in an Unfulfilling Job and Can’t See What’s Next
You know your job backwards and feel like you are just going through the motions. You’re reluctant to leave because you have no idea what you would do instead and somehow you’ve convinced yourself to stay there until you have a plan.
You’ve come to a point in life where you have achieved success but it still feels like there is still something missing.
Imagine instead, having a clear, exciting plan for your life, you’re feeling healthy, confident and eager to pursue it.
And let’s say that your work not only excites you but makes a noticeable and valuable difference to the world.
You enjoy what you do, you are good at it and the pressure to be someone you’re not is gone. You feel alive again and look forward to a brighter future both in work and in life.
So why are you stuck?
Life is busy and you’re so caught up in what you are doing that you don’t have the time or energy to consider doing anything else. So new possibilities never surface.
Life gets too comfortable. You turn up to work, do a great job, and get paid regularly. In a lot of ways, there’s no reason to do something else.
The alternative of choosing something else – feels packed with uncertainty and is quite frankly terrifying. What if you fail? What will people say? But you don’t have all the answers yet? Or a well-laid-out plan?
Meanwhile, that feeling that something is missing is not going away.
Here’s how start rethinking things productively – specifically five things to focus on.
It’s vital to take a step away from life to give yourself the space to reflect on what it is you truly want.
Having been on the treadmill for so long — overly busy, racing back and forth to work, and little time to fit in family, exercise, friends and sleep, it’s no suprise that change is hard. There’s no time.
Space to breath and start envisioning a new future will bring new possibilities coupled with an energy boosted, fresh sense of adventure again.
A handful of key things to focus on when you make space:
- Focus on making space in your week to face this challenge. It’s that important.
- What you truly want in work, life, relationships and all.
- What talents, skills, and strengths you have that will bring you the most joy at work (and it’s often not just “what you’re good at”)
- The various commitments and responsibilities you must maintain (cause you can’t just quit and not bring in a paycheck, right?)
- What options are out there, how can you find your path through the woods and make atop a new beautiful peak in your life.
Exciting ideas start to come to you, you get back in touch with your natural talents, envision a future you’d love and possible pathways open up.
This is where I can help.
Hi. I’m Nick Condon. Technically, I’m a career and personal development coach. But my clients say I’m a good listener with great questions, and that I have a knack for finding what truly brings people to life.
I work with disillusioned professionals who feel stuck in their jobs. I help them map out where they want to go in work and life and take the steps to get there. They feel excited and alive again.