Feeling dissatisfied with your job can reach a peak for people around Christmas and the New Year. The time off work that many of us have gives us space to reflect on where we’re going, what we want and what’s perhaps missing for us.
Problems at work
Problems at work and maybe signs on the wall that you had better move on before you get moved is one factor. We may not be getting on all that well with our work and it’s registering somewhere in the system, like with your boss, the results you’re getting, or the feedback. This might or might not chime with how you are feeling about your work. Some of us are aware things aren’t OK and then again others need to have it drawn to their attention.
Then again it might be that you’ve been doing well and people seem happy, but it’s you that isn’t content with how things are. Maybe you’ve been doing what you do a while now and you’ve lost the earlier motivation. Maybe there’s been change in the organisation and then maybe it’s you that’s changing, or things at home are different. Sometimes changes occur at work which affect our motivation, interest, confidence and self belief.
Time for a change
It can be that we reach points in our lives such that we no longer accept the status quo and start thinking about making changes. This review can occur at all sorts of times in people’s lives, such as reaching certain ages like 40 or 50 for example, or where their personal circumstances have changed, or where major events have occurred in their lives. Something spurs us to think about how we could make changes in our work.
It can be that we’ve always planned a major career change or promotion and we’ve made up our mind that now’s the time to take action. Thus some want to significantly raise their level in the business while others think of running their own business instead.
There is often in the background some reflection going on about our future and our direction. Where do you want to be in say 5 or 10 years’ time. In fact what are your long-term plans? Are you one who hasn’t thought much about the future but now need to? Or has this issue been around a long time and you’re tired of it not being resolved?
This desire or need to move on in our work is very important. It can often be the powerful motivator for change. Be focused on it enough and things start to happen. We draw it to us.
When we need help
However a key problem is so very often that people lack external input to help them make the wise decisions that will move them in the right direction. Or they need the sounding board in order to plan the changes. Or they aren’t clear in their own mind which way to move and need help to get things clear. You might for example want to make changes but don’t know where to start. Very often when people’s confidence is low, they find it less easy to think positively about themselves and the future.
These are all example of where life coaching for career development or change can be so very useful. A coach like me helps you make sense of your situation, clarify your options, sort out your strengths, know more about your direction, build confidence and self belief, make decisions and take powerful action to realise what you had perhaps only vaguely dreamt of before. Read more here and contact me here.