Feeling stuck in a job doing unfulfilling work is something that I am very familiar with. For many people, it’s the same routine day in and day out. For me, it was not as routine, but it was different flavors of the same stuff. In either case, it was work that I was not happy doing and I felt deep down in my soul that I should be doing more.
I just could not figure out how to get myself out of it. I tried changing positions. I tried changing companies. I even stopped worrying about the money when I would apply for a new job or position. At that point, I didn’t care about the money anymore. I desperately just wanted to not feel like I was wasting my life away.
Then I took my power back. I had given it to the jobs, the bosses, the work that I was doing, and sometimes even the coworkers! Here are the 3 steps that got me out of it:
- Own it.
- Decide it.
- Change it.
OWN that you’ve created your life up to this point. One decision then another decision then another decision led you to this very moment. This includes those times when you get that nudging feeling that you should be doing something different and you made the decision to ignore it. Own that. Take responsibility for it because this is such great news. Just like you’ve created your life up to now, you also get to create the life that you want going forward.
DECIDE that you are going to become who you want to be and to do whatever it takes to get there. Decide that you will listen to that nudging feeling that you’ve been dismissing all this time.
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to become the person you want to be, then you take steps to CHANGE. This is where you take action, however small. Just start. Make a phone call, send an email, write the first page of the book, submit the college application, record a podcast, schedule a meeting with your boss, record a YouTube video, apply for the loan, etc. Whatever steps seem logical to getting to where you want to be, you take them. However small. Take a step. Every single day. With each step, you’ll get more and more clarity on what you should do next.
These are the only three things you need to get away from unfulfilling work and start doing the work you are meant to do in the world.
Gabrielle, The Thought Trainer
P.S. I’m here to help you along the way.