WHY DO YOU STAY? Three Questions To Understanding Your Job Rut
Are you bored at work? Do you yearn for fulfillment and excitement, yet are afraid to leave or explore?
Well, you are not alone. The vast majority of unhappy workers are paralyzed by some fear which effectively keeps them showing up for work, dreading each day, but frozen by their fears. Here are a few examples for you to ponder, at the very least they may well ring true for you so you’ll know you are not alone with your fears.
Are you addicted to perks?
Paycheck; medical benefits; pension plan, etc. Who says that you can’t receive equal or greater perks working somewhere else?
Don’t fall into the trap of believing that just because you’ve worked at the same job for so many years that you’ll not be able to duplicate your perks if you leave. Don’t play “mind games” with yourself here. Go out and talk to people, do your research, you may well be very surprised at the perks available to you working somewhere else.
Are you addicted to security?
The very thought of losing the comfort of familiarity scares you to death. There is no such thing as long-term security. If we ever had it, it is now long gone. Very few of us really enjoys change, but it is far easier if change can occur on your terms, rather than someone else’s.
By taking your transferable skills and achievements seriously and continuously keep you eyes and ears open to your surroundings, you stand a much better chance of having some control over your own security by being pro-active, rather than waiting for something to happen,
Are you rationalizing?
There’s nothing our there for me ……. fill in the blank …..(at my age …. without an appropriate degree ….at the hours I want ….. at the pay I require). It’s all too easy for us to ask and answer the concerns in our minds, without the benefit of “outside” objectivity or perspective.
We really become our own worst enemy because we don’t go to other people and ask the question “How can I?” You are what you are and that’s wonderful.
Rationalize first that there are jobs available right now for who you are right now. So go ahead and stop rationalizing in your head and go out, research with people …anytime, anywhere, anyplace. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised about what you learn.