People don’t like change. We are hard-wired to prefer the predictable and avoid risk where possible.
This is one reason why people tend to put up with jobs they dislike, sometimes for years (I explore other reasons why people do this in my previous article 'The FIVE reasons people stay in jobs they hate')
But, re-aligning your career to be more enjoyable rarely requires the drastic action we fear. Relatively small shifts can make a big difference and, for many people, changing just one aspect fixes their problem.
Take one of my recent clients. She completed my signature program, Define Your Future, to do a complete review and re-plan of her career because she was so unhappy in her current situation. We went through the full process and over the course of just a few weeks she realised that her current job was actually her perfect job (for now, anyhow), it was just in the wrong company.
Fast forward a couple of weeks (and a few job applications) and she has accepted a new, very similar, role but with a company more aligned with her values and preferences. She couldn't be happier or more relieved to have resolved the problem.
So the moral of the story is that without analysing your current challenges and preferences (interests, skills, environment and motivation) in a structured way, you wont pinpoint the core issue, and you will stay unhappy longer than you need to.
Simply assessing your situation is nothing to fear, and the solution to your problem may be far simpler than you think.
About Anna Black
With 14yrs corporate experience and a personal career change under her belt, Anna’s helped dozens of professionals make life-changing career decisions.
Essentially she’s a Career Counsellor, but what she’s really passionate about is getting professionals out of jobs they don’t care about and into careers which make them happy.
So many professionals are disengaged and not reaching their potential. They don’t know what to do and in their hearts, they are afraid of wasting their most precious resource… time.
Check out other articles by Anna here.