People talk about being in a rut, but here’s what we forget: the rut is mental. It’s a belief. “Oh, it’s hard to get another job!” We talk ourselves out of making changes or even contemplating changes, because of our aversion to change.
Your job may have been amazing learning experience at one time, but does your job still deserve your talents now? A lot of people get stuck. They get into a situation that more or less works, that pays the bills and that doesn’t bring them any closer to their flame. What’s your flame? It’s your passion. It’s your reason for being alive.
Your job should do more than just keep you alive — don’t you agree? You only have so many years here on earth. Are you going to spend them accumulating things like wide-screen TVs and frequent flyer miles you’ll never use because you don’t have time for vacation?
Why not get a job that deserves you and that will reinforce you? Here are six signs your current job doesn’t deserve you anymore:
- There’s no forward path. There’s no place to go from here. There’s no way to learn more, have more impact or use more of your talents. Scram!
- There’s no one to learn from. No one around you looks like a mentor or coach. You’re the smartest person in the place. Get out of Dodge!
- The people around you don’t want to hear your ideas. They like things just the way they are. So what, nothing works properly? They don’t care. Flee!
- You don’t get to use your mind and your heart at work. You’re stuck in a little box. You’re a cog in someone else’s machine. Hit the bricks!
- Your boss doesn’t get you and you don’t get him or her. It’s an energetic mismatch. You can’t grow as a person or a professional in your job. Move on!
- You don’t enjoy your work or look forward to it on Monday morning (or any morning). That’s your body telling you “Run away!”
You could start a stealth job search now and be in a new job by the time the kids get out of school. There is no reason to stay stuck in a job that isn’t growing your flame every day. I want you to sing in the car on the way to work because you like what you do and you’re happy about your life.
I want you to go to lunch with your workmates and keep talking about work, interspersed with talk about kids and dogs and tai chi and Italian cooking and whatever you guys are interested in. I want you to like your colleagues a lot, and I want them to like you.
Source: Liz Ryan (Contributor – Forbes)