Satisfied with your career? Do you find it hard to get up in the morning with a positive attitude? Are you considering a career change? You’ve spent half your life, countless hours and tons of money mastering skills to further enhance the career you always wanted, but are you happy?
CC Connection Knowledge Bite: According to Gallup’s 2013 ongoing study of the American workplace, out of approximately 100 million people in America who hold full time jobs, 50% of workers are NOT content. (www.gallup.com) Are you one of the lucky few?
If you are not one of the happy ones, do you start all over? Beginning anew may require a lot more time, money, and energy. Who’s to say you will even be successful at what you attempt to do or satisfied with the new career? Perhaps you are thinking twice as you have an established job where you are prosperous. If this is the case, what do you do? If you re-boot, no doubt some will feel you lost your mind while others may commend you for your valiant endeavor.
If something is getting in the way to your career satisfaction, recognize there are many opportunities in today’s society to make just about anything possible. Why not go for it? Truth is the main reason we don’t initiate change is fear.
Fear can be defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.
As the survey clearly infers, many individuals go through life repeating the same task day in and day out wishing they had the opportunity to do something else. Whether the reason is because of debt, children, health, failure, vanity, etc., they find an excuse instead. People are afraid to make sacrifices and break out of their comfort zones. Several people I know sit around discussing what they would enjoy doing while making more money, but never act on it.
Good news: There are ways you can control your fears when it comes to drastic changes.
- One way is to change your daily routine in small increments. For instance, try waking up thirty-minutes earlier than you normally would.
- Influence your mind by reading an inspirational quote or listening to a motivational speaker, enhancing relaxion.
- Venture to new places alone each week; go to a movie, have a meal, or take a brisk walk in a park.
These three simple ways can help you resolve fears by building self-esteem while keeping a positive attitude to whatever may come.
If you are truly unhappy with what you are doing in your career and want a change, don’t let fear stop you. The only one you really hurt is yourself. If you continue to procrastinate because you are fearful, it will take you that much longer to achieve what you really want. Don’t go through life regretting what may have been because it will pass by a lot faster than you can imagine.
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