Are You Stuck?

Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want something new but cannot let go of the old – old ideas, beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know we are stuck; sometimes we don’t. In both cases we have to DO something.
~Rush Limbaugh

I have spoken with several people in the past few days who believe their careers are stuck.  Many of them asked me for my thoughts or advice regarding how to get unstuck.  The rest seemed to be just venting about a situation they really had no plans to change.

Frankly, I believe being “career stuck” is all in your head.  Why?  Because everybody’s idea of career success is different. Some people are happy where they are.  To them the perfect career is having things be mostly the same with a few new challenges thrown in to keep things interesting.  Others want constant change.  Still others want to climb the corporate ladder, and if they are not seeing promotions at regular intervals they feel stuck.

However, even if it is in your head, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a real issue.

The interesting thing is that none of the people who approached me in the past few days had a written plan for what they wanted out of their career.  They just felt “stuck”.  I guess in these cases, they really are stuck.  If you don’t have an idea of where you want to be, or what you want to do, then you really won’t get there.

So why don’t more people have a written career plan?  My current theory is because people don’t feel they can control their career progression and, therefore, don’t want to waste their time.  However, I can say, from personal experience that having a specific goal in mind gives an amazing amount of control over the shape and direction of your career.  Further, there is something almost magical about writing it out–and I mean using a pen or pencil and paper.  The effort of committing the goals and plans to paper makes them much more likely to happen (Click here to read more about this from FastCompany).  So the first thing you should do is take some time and create a written plan for where you would like to take your career.  More thoughts about this in  a future post.

For the next several posts, I plan to continue this thread of getting unstuck.  So, let’s get started.  Let’s get moving.  Let’s get unstuck.

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