Are you feeling uninspired, unmotivated or just generally off track? It’s time to figure out where you are and where you’re going, and why you’re not there yet. Everyone wants to get out of a slump, but sometimes it takes a little push to start the change. Action is the mortal enemy of career slumps. Taking action and doing something to change your situation can have incredible results. To kick off your change, ask yourself these three questions:
1. What’s missing?
If you’re stuck in a slump, questioning what is missing in your professional life can provide the solution you need to bring back your career mojo. By doing this, you’ll have a targeted point of change that you can use as a jumping off point for your new, motivated self. Not feeling challenged enough? Kick off your new motivation by asking your boss for new responsibilities, or even going for a promotion. Give yourself new challenge opportunities.
Is your role boring? Then it may be time to reconsider your position. Are you neglecting your social life in favour of your professional one? Try to find balance between work and the rest of your life. Large changes can only happen if you get the ball rolling. Small changes can amount to large things – so kick off your new chapter of motivation with working out the reason why you feel the way you do.
2. Where’s the ‘why’?
Everyone’s ‘why’ can get a little lost sometimes. Focus on bringing your thinking back to to the reason you do what you do.
- What makes you truly happy?
- Where do you add the greatest value?
- What makes you ‘come alive’?
- Why did you begin this job in the first place?
Going back to basics and figuring this out for yourself can provide you with the answers you need to get your motivation back. If you’re failing to see the reasons why you’re in your current role, it may be time to consider a career move or rethink. If you can’t locate your ‘why’, then it’s going to be a little harder to get your motivation back and feel really inspired by the work you;re doing.
And remember, everyone’s ‘why’ is a little different.
3. What can I do right now to get it back?
As previously mentioned, taking small, simple steps can add up and bring around a very large change. Work out what you can do at that very moment, and just do it. Motivation can feel out of reach at times, and putting things off can be a real problem. Try and avoid putting anything off that you can technically do at that moment.
Whether it’s applying for a job, asking your boss for a raise or something else, just committing yourself to doing it will make a huge difference. Everyone wants to get out of a slump, but sometimes it takes a little push to start the change. Action is the mortal enemy of career slumps. Taking action and doing something to change your situation can have incredible results.
As yourself – “What can I do today to improve my situation?”, and DO IT! It’s natural for everyone to feel demotivated at some stage – the trick to beating it is working out the problem and finding a solution.