Deciding that you need a change in career and career shift, can be scary, which is why around 80% of the worlds working population are completely disengaged with the work they do. They get up and go to work to spend 9 hours hating what they do.
They fear change and they think it’s normal behaviour to go to a job you don’t love. Complaining and making excuses is just the way it is. And let’s face it if you’ve ever spent more than 10mins in an office you come to realize that this way of being is the norm for some.
But for me, there’s nothing worse than sitting at a desk and just counting the seconds till lunch time and then the seconds to home time. That feeling of I’ve been here too long and I’m wasting my time, is no way to live.
You’ve got to recognize the signs that tell you it’s time for a change. Because it’s not normal to feel discontent with your work. You spend so much of your time working you better be doing work you love. If not it’s time for a career shift.
Here are the 5 warning signs you need to listen to and take immediate action once you spot them in your life.
1. You wake up every morning dreading going to work
Now I’m not a morning person, so I don’t jump out of bed full of energy and joy. But I no longer get up with a feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach, knowing I’m going to spend the day doing things I don’t love.
If you’re getting up every morning dreading the day ahead, then something needs to change. You get an average of 25,000 mornings in your adult life, so what are you going to do with them. What are you going to do with your days?
You’re either living them or just waiting to die. Choose one. Remember death comes to us all, so live.
2. You go to the toilet for reason other than going to the toilet
Ladies, I know I’m not the only one who has gone to the loo, just to not have to deal with the people in my office. Worst yet, who’s actually gone to the toilet to cry, because they hate the job so much. Not ashamed to put my hands up.
When you get to this point, it’s time to email that resignation letter you have sitting on your hard drive to your boss. No job is worth your happiness, joy and sanity. Make a career shift and change your priorities when you get to this point.
3. You Stopped enjoying your work
This sign is harder to spot than the others. Why? Because you may be going through the motions and not even be thinking, do I still enjoy this. Or you may have enjoyed one part of the work and put up with another part you didn’t enjoy, only to come to realize you don’t enjoy any of it anymore.
This is why it’s important to assess what you do and how you do it on a regular basis. As part of the assessment, note down if you actually enjoy, doing the work anymore.
The action you take when this sign pops up can be less drastic than the others. So, it may be that you can delegate or outsource the tasks you don’t enjoy. You could find different ways to use your skills or learn new skills to make a career shift to something you’ll enjoy more.
So, you may start a new business at home or start freelancing in a new area. It could just be that doing this will give you the challenge you need, so you can enjoy your work again.
4. You feel overworked and stressed all the time
Some people thrive in this situation, but it’s a surefire way to burnout city. When you hit burnout you’re no good to anybody. So, ask yourself, Is any job worth your health and wellbeing?
Find work that fits into the lifestyle you want, where you can take care of yourself as a priority and take care of others second.
5. You have the feeling that you’re meant for something else.
You know that feeling, the one deep inside that you’ve probably been silencing for years. The voice screaming at you from inside, telling you that you’re meant for great things. That you have a message for the world, that the world needs to hear.
It’s time to listen to it. You know that you need to. All achievers and ambitious givers have this voice and it can only be silenced for so long. Take a chance on yourself, trust the universe has your back.
Sit, Listen, Write, Plan and then act.
Sit & Listen
This can be done through meditation. Sit and listen to what your inner voice is telling you. What path should you take? How should you change your career and your life?
Write it all down. How you want to make your career shift. Why you want to make your career shift. How does it fit into the life you want?
Create a plan of action. What you will do to make your career shift.
Take action on your plans. Keep going till you reach your goals.