Not everyone is blessed with a career they love and enjoy every single day. In fact, for the vast majority of people, working is a means to an end – primarily earning money. Naturally, a lifestyle like this can often lead to thoughts of being stuck in a rut and trapped doing something you would rather not. But does it have to be like this?
The truth is that taking control of your career again can have a dramatic impact on your success. And the beauty of broadening your career horizons is that it doesn’t matter how old you are – there is always time to make a change. Let’s take a look at a few things you can do to get out of that rut and start treating work as an enjoyable thing to do, rather than a necessity.
Reframe your prospects
First of all, stop thinking that you are stuck in a rut, and better things will start to happen. At the moment, you are probably writing you own narrative and considering too few alternatives to your current situation. Reframe your objectives as broad as possible, and you might start to see a lot more potential to move on and try new things. And open your mind to the possibility of a different future, too – it’s the first step in the process, and a simple – yet vitally important – one.
One great way of overcoming your limited objectives is to get out there and start networking with other people in your industry. It will open your eyes to what is possible, even with a limited skill set. And if you do have gaps in your knowledge, talking to others either online or in person at networking events – will point you in the right direction.
If you can make a change in your own life, why not consider teaching others to do the same? According to the course on ICF coaching at Animas, there is a lot of opportunities out there in the world of coaching. If you are good with people, have some marketing skills, and believe in the power of transformation, you should always start by transforming yourself. But your processes for getting to a new place can also be beneficial to others, and nothing is stopping you from teaching others how to do it.
Tired of working for a boss that doesn’t appreciate what you do, or pay you enough money?> If so, why not consider becoming your own boss and developing a freelance career. If you have skills to offer small businesses or local organisations, you can put them to good use. Again, you will need some basic marketing skills and be confident enough to pitch for a new client. But, anyone with a particular skill set will always be needed by others, and as you develop your business, you can often raise your prices, charge more, and become an industry authority.
OK, so there you have it – I hope that you can see that just because you are stuck in a rut now, it doesn’t have to last forever.
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