As a person fueled with the desire to accomplish great things, live up to standards popping up all around us, you have to be running on all cylinders at all times. Often times your mind will be running through all sorts of situations that could arise, worrying about the next step in your career. Sometimes it can just be overwhelming.
Luckily, there are effective ways to fight off the dreaded “career slump”. Some of them may even surprise you in how easy they are to do. If you ever feel as if something is leaving you feeling not so passionate about your career, try out one of these options to reinvigorate your career.
Get a Mentor or Accountability Partner
Better yet, get both. Finding a good mentor is a matter of reaching out with sincerity and asking the person you may look up to. Having a mentor is a priceless resource, which will help you figure out just where you want to be in your career. Interview each person, and only reach out to those people who inspire you through their work, dreams, personality and lifestyle. Remember you should always aim to move forward, these people should be encouraging, but realistic in the advice they give to you.
When looking for an accountability partner, look for someone that will encourage and motivate you throughout your struggles and successes. Often times we forget that there are others just like us that have been in a slump before, and are more than willing to help. You just have to ask.
Dare to do Something Different
On a sheet of paper, write down where you want to be within the next month, 3 months and 6 months. Under each section, write down about 7 items you can do in each section. Each item should be one that moves you out of your comfort zone. To live a life that is rewarding, you must do new things to get you there.
The key is to challenge life, take it on by the horns, and give yourself a kick in the butt. Just get up and get going. The first step always seems the hardest, and in a funk everything seems different. But once that first step is under your belt, you’ll start to see how fun and exciting this new path of life is.
Focus on Others
Sadness, frustration, that overwhelming moment when it seems as if your goals are nothing more than just a distant dream, or a hopeful wish. Where your thoughts tend to start with “I”, when you’re somehow only focused on yourself and those around you suffer. Life isn’t all about you!
Nothing will move you out of your funk faster than taking the time to selflessly help someone else. Reach out to a friend, co-worker or even your boss and ask them what you can do to help them. Helping someone else succeed pulls you closer to your own success.
Start Exercising and Stick it through
21 days. That is how long you need to do something before it becomes a habit. Exercise gives you energy, it improves your mood, it shows you just how capable of an individual you are and has been proven to increase productivity. At times when possible, go for a walk, run, bike ride or just a simple jog.
In doing so you’ll notice more about the world around you. It will also clear your mind and show you all the things you can achieve. Draw energy from your surroundings and use this in your day-to-day activities.
Just remember, take things one day at a time, before you know it those 21 days will seem like yesterday.
You will be just fine. Take a look back at all you have already been through, the struggles, the defeats, but most of all the things you’ve achieved. Remind yourself daily, that each new struggle faced is just a variation of something you’ve defeat before. Remind yourself that you’ve survived thus far and you will continue to do so regardless.
Have you ever faced a slump that just wouldn’t go away? How did you give yourself the kick in the butt needed to jumpstart your success?
David Yarde is the Founding Partner of Sevenality, a branding firm focused on building sustainable community based businesses, by helping small and medium business owners share their brand story. You can find him sharing bits of inspiration at HowsYourBlog or on twitter.
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Category: Personal Branding