Fall back in (Career) Love!
It can happen you know. No matter how much you think you dislike your career, there are ways to fall back in love with it, or at the very least draw a line beneath it and find out what you really should be doing instead…
Let’s start with falling back into career love:
Write down all the reasons you’ve fallen out of love with your career; maybe overworked, too stressed, hopeless boss, under recognised – plus a myriad of other unpleasantries! Imagine if you could take control of one or more of these issues and make them all better? Select just one problem area. The top answer from my career change experience is:
My career is too stressful – in Birmingham alone it is estimated that 80% of people are in careers they deem ‘too stressful’. Grab yourself a notebook and use this activity to start analysing and combatting your stress levels. Lets call this activity ‘Rate your Stress’. Start by 1) What event caused your stress 2) How did you feel on a scale of 1-5 3) What did you do in response. Once you have this information written down and noted when stressful situations occur, you will easily be able to recognise the root causes and ways in which to eliminate or make them more manageable.
My Boss is ~@#*!! – this was my major bugbear when I was going through my career change dilemmas. It’s unbelievable the impact that your boss can have on you, your career and your ability to function sanely. There are approximately 423,000 working people in Birmingham; which camp does your boss fall into? So, you clash with your boss, you’re never working towards the same goal. Here’s how to make an impact:
Think about the last conversation/discussion you had where it went badly. Sit back, close your eyes and hear all the things you said and how you said them. The take on the perspective of your boss – how were those things heard, viewed, understood? Lastly take on the perspective of an impartial observer. This is a great NLP (neuro-linguistic Programming) tool called ‘Perceptual Positions’. You should learn how to handle situations more effectively from this exercise.
Birmingham is the 2nd largest influential city on commerce in the UK. If you want to make more of a positive impact, get in touch to find out how you can fall back in love with your career.