It is quite common nowadays that people have many different jobs throughout their life time. Gone are the days where people would initially stay in the same job for most of their career history. On average most people will stay in their job for between 2 – 3 years, there are of course many who are extremely happy doing what they love and are basking in the merriment of career fulfilment! Could that be you? But what happens if you are stuck in a rut?
If on a Monday morning you have a feeling of dread going into the office or place of work, this is an obvious sign that something needs to change. More so when there are feelings of stress or anxiety related to it. Or perhaps you are feeling de-motivated, bored or simply not challenged enough. If one is to earn their bread why can they not do it doing something they love? Well of course you can, what is stopping you?
Sometimes it can be daunting trying to decide what career or job change is preferred. Often people know exactly what they want to do but fears or limiting beliefs are preventing them from doing so. The comfort zone is so cosy with no pain or feelings of discomfort! But what would happen if you broke out of your comfort zone? And where do you start?
A good place to start is by understanding your values. Values are so important in recognising what is important to you and can be described as those to which you have an emotional investment. They are what you stand by and believe in, and live your life by along with your beliefs. They are extremely relevant when it comes to being happy in your career and if your values do not match those of your Company, essentially there can be a conflict, perhaps bringing a sense of unhappiness or frustration.
To understand your life values you can do a simple exercise; Write a list or mind map out all the different values that are important to you, in no particular order as this can be confusing at first.
To help you along, here are some examples of Values:
Once you have written your values down, go through and number them in order of priority, don’t let it become complicated, just go with your intuition and don’t feel guilty if for example Family comes number 5 on the list. It’s important to do this exercise with honesty.
Once you have got your list, have a look and notice the order of your values. These are your Life Values and will be pretty similar to the values that surround your work or career.
Now do the same with your Career in mind; Write down what is important to have in your job or career. Once you have done a word dump, go through and put them into order of priority and notice what comes up as being most important. By doing this, you can understand what drives you and in turn begin to think about how you can then take the next step…
“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.”
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