If your career is just not doing it for you anymore, it’s time to start asking yourself some questions. Disenchantment does not happen overnight. It happens over time. Just like career fulfillment happens over time. So if you’ve lost that loving feeling for your career, there is no time like the present to begin some self-inquiry.
Lackluster feelings are a signal that things are moving into transition. Transition brought you to where you are now and will take you to where you go next. Every transition begins with an ending. What is it time to end in order to move forward? What is your own characteristic way of coping with endings?
Identifying what it’s time to let go of is no easy task, but rather a time of deep personal reflection and an opportunity to figure out what you really want.
As much as we may long for clear external signs that point us in the way of the future, if we are experiencing career dissatisfaction, what we are more likely to get are inner signals and cues to what we need to become for the next stage of our work life. This uncomfortable spot is the second stage of transition, known as the neutral zone.
The neutral zone is the space between an ending and a new beginning. Here, you may feel a sense of lostness or disengagement. You might even begin to ask yourself questions like, “What else might there be for me?”.
The good news is that we can take ourselves in fresh directions at nearly any point in our lives. Remarkable, life-enhancing things can happen when we take the time to step out of our routines, rethink our paths, and revisit the passions we left behind.
We’re living and working longer than ever before, and we have choices. If you’re thinking about making a career change, do a quick, first-level analysis first. What is the source of your concern? Is it the organization that you work for? Or, is it the job itself?
Having a satisfying career is an ongoing process of checking in and being self-aware. Regular, honest conversations with yourself about what’s working and what’s not working will help you determine where you stand and guide you to the right next career step.
Rarely, is the only option to up and leave a career that has become stale. It pays to explore alternative approaches to switching things up and reenergizing your career with an objective third party. Someone who can guide you out of rigid, linear paths and help you think more holistically and creatively about what’s possible.
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