Are you moving forward in your career? Or, are you spinning
your wheels wondering when the spinning will stop?
Do you feel at times that you are working hard, but not seeing
the results you want? That you are trying to push your way past a
brick wall that won't budge? Rather than pushing forward
which is causing stress and frustration, why not pull back
In order to move forward in your career, sometimes you have to
take a step back. Back to a time and place when you had clarity and
meaning; a time when things made sense to you.
Pulling back doesn't mean you've failed in your current
situation. It just means you need to reassess a situation in your
career to see if it's still working or not.
So, How Do You Take A Step Back? Follow These 4 Steps
1. Decide To Pull Back
You can't get what you want in your career until you decide
that you want it. Although this seems like a simple concept, many
people miss this piece.
Decisions are powerful. They get you geared to go in a certain
direction. Without a decision, the intent to do something is not
there. Decide to pull back because you know in your gut that it's
time to do so. You've been working hard and you need a break.
Pulling back allows greater creativity. Decide to pull back because
you know it will take you to a better place and you won't be able
to reach your goals until you do.
2. Choose To "Be" Rather Than To "Do"
We are a bunch of do-ers. We like to have specific tasks to
work on and enjoy putting check marks next to completed items on
our to-do list.
But sometimes "doing" gets in the way because you get so
wrapped up in what you have to do and you miss why you are doing it
in the first place. "Doing" is good, but not if it keeps "being"
out of the loop.
When you give yourself time to "be" you are able to gain focus
and insight. When you're on overdrive, pushing becomes a way of
life and you lose yourself. You get so caught up in your goals that
you forget why you created those goals. Usually we rush towards
something to get answers. Rushing won't provide the answers you are
seeking, "being" will.
3. Give Yourself Time To Think
Thinking is not something we like to do. While we are
thinking, negative thoughts may appear. Or, more things that we
have to add to our to-do list.
Thinking is important because it gives your mind the outlet it
needs to run well. Thoughts can only stay bottled for so long.
Then, they need to be channeled somewhere. The amazing thing about
your thoughts is they belong to you and only you. And when you take
the time to listen, what you need to do next comes from you. Making
time to think allows the real you to get out; a person you may want
to get to know again.
4. Re-Choose Your Goals
As the days, weeks, and months go by, momentum slows down when
we are trying to reach our goals. What once were goals that
were inspiring, became hard work and frustration over time. This
frustration you are feeling means it's time to reconnect with
what's important to you.
Why did you choose your career goals initially? Did you choose
them because they inspired you? If yes, remember that time you made
your choice. Remember when you felt hopeful, excited, and
optimistic. Tap into that feeling again and use it to get back on
track in a more powerful, calmer, and empowering way. If you choose
your goal because you felt you had no choice, reevaluate this
choice. Choose your goals not because they've become something you
"should" do, but because they are important to you.