Many self-aware individuals who are ambitious about growing in their career sometimes reach a point when almost nothing seems to be going right in their professional lives.
That’s just a better way of saying that their career is stuck in a rut. No matter what they do, they are just not moving forward at the pace they desire. And that feeling often leads to frustration and eventually to dejection. In my experience as a career and leadership coach, I have observed that this often happens even to the brightest and smartest of individuals, because they have big dreams and big expectations from themselves.
At a recent HR convention, someone from the audience asked a brilliant question, “If a company’s most valuable resource is its people, then how come the employees aren’t locked up, but the toilet paper & stationery are in a reinforced steel box with a lock, bolted to the stall?”
Of course, that sent the whole crowd into peals of laughter. But while it may sound funny, it’s true.
It’s high time you realize that your career and your career progress is your own responsibility. Expecting the company to do everything for you is being unfair to your own dreams.
Whenever you feel you are stuck in a rut, there are certain steps that you can take before that frustration leads to dejection and demotivation. The first step is to identify the core symptoms that indicate that you are stuck in a career rut. Only when you are self-aware and understand and accept that you are in a career rut, that you can take action to break this rut and accelerate your success.
The core symptoms that you are stuck in a career rut are:
If you associate some of the above symptoms with your current work situation, then it’s time to do something about it. Brooding over this won’t get you anywhere. If you are committed to your growth, you have got to take control.
The next obvious question is ‘where do I start? What do I do to change this?’.
The solution or the answer to your problem is (drum rolls):
“Re-align your career with your career goals and desires to represent your success plan and desires lifestyle goals and aspirations. Plan your way forward and develop your accountability plan so that you don’t get demotivated and maintain consistent effort towards your career growth.”
The good part is that there is a direct answer to your question, and there are two ways of doing it:
The details of each of these methods are discussed below.
Even after realizing that they are stuck in a career rut, some smart individuals take minimalistic action to change things. One such approach is when they decide to do everything themselves. They feel they have an unlimited reach to resources on the internet and they can easily plan their way forward without any external support.
While this may work for a handful of individuals, in most cases it turns upside down. Instead of progressing they feel even more stuck. And instead of being motivated, they get overwhelmed.
The internet today offers a different kind of problem – The problem of plenty. How do you know what information to follow and what not to.
Another problem you can’t identify and overcome by yourself are the limiting beliefs that may be preventing you from being bold and taking the leap to a new career. Often to overcome these internal boundaries, external support is needed.
Another hassle, is maintaining persistence in your new found goal of growth and liberation.
If you plan to do all of it on your own, then the following checklist should be of use to you with regard to the things you must do in order to break your career rut:
More and more people around the globe are understanding that there is an easier way to get all this done in a shorter span of time with better results. The fun and easy way to break your career rut is to hire a career coach, who can lead the way and can share the expert knowledge with you to accelerate your career.
Coaching is a way to help you better understand yourself and what you really want to accomplish. A career coach has a well-thought organized step-by-step approach to help you make this transition in a smooth manner.
A career coaching can help you do the following:
Working with an expert career coach who has helped other individuals who were in a situation similar to your current situation, who is unbiased and does not judge you for any of your actions or comments, will allow you to explore your career options and remain motivated as you work towards them. When you hire a career coach, you indicate to other people just how serious and committed you are towards your career growth. You have someone to hold you accountable towards your progress. You also build a life-long support system, no matter how your situation turns in the future
A career coach is your go-to person to take your career to the next level. If you are an ambitious individual who is looking to accelerate your career growth, you must hire a career coach who take full advantage of their expert knowledge and skills. All the best!
There are endless success stories from other people whom the coach has helped overcome such situations, if you are interested in learning more.
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Akanksha Vir is an International Career Coach, Trainer, and Author who has helped clients from around the world, with varied career challenges, to achieve a career breakthrough and take their success to the next level. She has a unique talent for helping people overcome their limiting beliefs to help them achieve bigger better goals and project themselves more impressively. Her main focus is on creating more passion and purpose in your work.