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Career Stagnation

“The Journey is the Reward” – Steve Jobs

Have you ever felt like you were in a rut? Maybe you are suffering from career stagnation. We have all been there at one point or another in our career. If you are unhappy with your current job or career, perhaps it’s time to plan a change. The change may involve a minor tweak here or there or it may encompass a complete overall. Regardless, if you are feeling the blahs, start by first taking an inventory of what’s going on. Conduct a self audit or self evaluation. Try to pinpoint the problem or issue. What is the source of your frustration? It may be as simple as changing your routine, how you organize your day or how you spend your time at work. Look for ways to change things up. Simple adjustments can go a long way to improve your situation. However, if your career stagnation is the result of a much bigger issue, take the time to think about the correct course of action. A decision to change jobs, careers or move to a new city for a new start can all be very rewarding life events. However, these types of transitions take planning and careful thought. Most importantly, have a vision, plan and strategy. We live in a world of the self-managed career. You and you alone are in charge of your career. As you think about the correct course of action to take, keep in mind that the journey is the reward. Day-to-day frustrations do happen, but find your passion and then do it. Also, learn to laugh. The rut is not as bad with a sense of humor.

Until next time…

Jim

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