Stuck. By definition means, unable to move, or set in a particular position, place, or way of thinking. We all know that feeling. That unmotivated, toxic, negative space where we feel drained as we figuratively run in place. We are innately built to grow and evolve, as a result, feeling STUCK serves as a sign that it’s time for a change.
Through the course of your career, you’ll probably feel stuck about a dozen times. Each time, your work and career path will evolve in some way, shape, or form. Stuck is a tricky feeling because the less you act on it, the more intense it grows to be. So you’re probably wondering what to do about it. I bet the question rushing through your mind is, how do you get unstuck in your career?
Figure out why you feel stuck
Ask yourself these questions and then think about it, even more, the object of this exercise is to get to the root of it. Are you an internal processor? Write this out. External/verbal processor? Talk this out with a trusted friend or mentor.
A lot of times stuck happens in one area of life and then bleeds into all the other categories. Lean into what you’re feeling with direct questions so you can identify and solve the root issue. For instance, if you’re actually dreaming about a move to another state but choose to change your job because it feels like less of a risk, you’re missing the point, and STUCK will follow you!
Now bring that altogether by asking: What am I missing from my current work situation?
Frame Your Mind
Now, this is pretty obvious, unstuck would be to move. Are you swinging back and forth between leaving and staying? Are you waiting for the perfect opportunity before you decide to move? Are you in your own way? Are you held by back fear?
Empower yourself to see that there is something you can do. It might not be perfect or your mind’s ideal situation, but there comes a point where you have to decide if the risk is worth staying or leaving, and what that could do to your current work situation or relationships.
I didn’t realize this until I met with many more clients, but the solution to stuck isn’t always to leave your current job. Sometimes, it can be a conversation with your boss about increasing your responsibilities or wages. Sometimes, it’s a matter of re-igniting your excitement for your work by networking with someone who is more advanced in your career path.
Map Your Moves
Now that you have dissected why you’re feeling stuck, solutions to this should come a little more organically. You might find that you’ll fall under two different categories.
1. Stay and move to make it better
2. Leave and move to find better. Let’s break this down.
Stay, Make It Better
If you’re realizing that this company has more to offer and you’re energized about staying, change what is in your control.
Leave, Find Better
Sometimes, stuck is a signal for, let’s go. You’ve been in the same work for a while and stifled for far too long. It’s time to GO. Here are some steps to follow to unstuck out of this!
It doesn’t always require drastic movements for the tension that STUCK brings to start to fade. Often times, taking smaller steps to get the ball rolling can help shift what you’re feeling and create momentum as you go. The key in all of this is to know what is in your control and what steps you want to take because of that.
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