Ever had a moment in your career when you are feeling you are “just there”…nothing much happening, you are going nowhere. Your 9 to 5pm has turned into a small nightmarish experience which you would like to revive into what it used to be? So, what do you do when you find yourself caught up in this quagmire?
Tim Cole a Career Coaching Expert cites that if your career isn’t going in the direction you thought or hoped it would be, you will have to examine yourself in the mirror.
Here are 5 easy steps to help you out of your humdrum career.
1. Stop over Promising
I know how good it feels to promise your colleagues that you will get this done by a certain time, “You know what Joan, pass by my desk by end of day for that report,” or “The spreadsheet will be filled and done by lunch time Mike.”
It’s tempting to promise the moon to your colleagues and your clients, especially when you’re honest and hardworking and believe that you can do it. The problem is that there’s no point in creating additional pressure that can make you look bad.
If you promise to do something ridiculously fast and you miss the deadline by a little bit, you’ll likely think that you did a good job because you still delivered quickly. But the moment you promise something to someone, they expect nothing less.
2. Your level of negativity is on another level.
Sometimes when you’re feeling negative and down, your mood can leak out and affect other people, even if you don’t intend it to.
Truth of the matter is you were hired to make your boss’s and your team’s jobs easier, not harder. People who spread negativity through their department and complain about the work or other people complicate things for everyone else.
If people always have to tiptoe around you so as not to dislodge that massive chip on your shoulder, they are unlikely to be willing to do it for very long.
3. Low emotional intelligence (EQ).
Everyone knows that you can get fired for being unable or unwilling to play nicely with others, but what trips up a lot of people is having a poorly developed poker face.
If everyone can tell when you’re bored or irritated or that you think something a colleague says is stupid, this will catch up with you. Emotional outbursts, belittling others, shutting co-workers down when they speak, low self-awareness, and just generally being difficult are other ways that a lack of emotional intelligence will do great harm to your career.
4. Fear of change.
Yeah, yeah, fear of change is complacency’s evil twin. It actively works to keep things the same. I’m sure you’ve seen this one first hand at work when someone uttered the dreaded words, “But we’ve always done it this way.”
Things are changing too fast these days to latch on so tightly to the status quo, and the costs of doing so can be huge.
5. You don’t seek out new learning opportunities
One last tip, companies are looking for lifelong learners. They want people they can continue to train and grow. That said, if your company doesn’t offer job training and other means of career advancement, the obligation is on you to seek out learning opportunities, such as taking online courses or gaining industry certifications.
Final tip: Make it known to your supervisor that you’re taking on any outside training to assist with your career rescue and progression.