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5 Things to Do If You’re in a Career Rut

So you've managed to do everything by the book. Gone to school, got a degree, and even have a regular job.

However, you now find yourself no longer satisfied with your career. You feel as if you have reached a point where you feel frustrated and stuck.

You often feel the Big Disappointment coming on. Let's face it: you are in a rut. So, what can you do?

Well, here are a few things you can do to find your way out and back on track.

Change It Up: Take a Cooking Class!

Well figuratively, of course, unless you love cooking! Routine and consistency may have served your need for Certainty, but don't forget we humans also have a need for Variety.

In fact variety and certainty are one of the 6 primary human needs!

Identify the Problem

To be honest, there's not always a single reason why you are in a rut. Regardless of how many reasons there may be, it is important to identify them in order to overcome them.

Sit down somewhere quiet where you won't be disturbed and think it through carefully. Get a good night's sleep and often the answers will come to you the next day or even in the middle of the night.

Keep Being Positive and Grateful

Even though you're down, remember to stay positive and moving forward. Remind yourself of the good things you have, and you will eventually find out what is the cause, and what the answers are.

Importantly, don't point fingers and blame someone else - remember, everyone is 'at cause' for their own life, even if they're not aware of it.

Don't Limit Yourself

Simply because you are in a career rut, it doesn't mean you are done with it. All it may mean is that you need to be a bit more creative and stretch yourself into something new.

However, don't rush into a new career straight away unless this will truly solve the problem. In my own experience, there were a few instances were changing careers was not the right choice for me, although I only appreciated this in hindsight.

Keep Your Goals In Sight

After being in your career or job for so long, it can be easy to lose sight of you what you wanted in the first place. Regularly remind yourself of what your goals are. What it is that you wanted to accomplish and achieve.

Once you remember those goals, that career rut might soon be gone! That's why I recommend writing them down and reviewing them daily!

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