Have you got to a point in your career where you feel stuck? No matter how much hard work you put in that promotion just isn’t happening and you have forgotten why you wanted it in the first place. Simply put – you have lost your mojo and you would really like to get it back.
It could be tempting to look for another job. In fact, you have probably got into the habit of anxiously scrolling through job listings convinced that the grass will be greener somewhere else. Stop. In my experience a lateral move may offer short-term relief from this feeling, but almost always – it will come back.
The only way to truly shift your thinking and feel empowered in your job is to revive your sense of self and fully explore where your job fits in the bigger picture. If after doing this you still want to move on then go for it. Here are five ways you can get your bum in gear and revive your sense of purpose in the workplace.
1. Think about your own personal mission in the world
It may seem a little dramatic, but establishing where you fit in the grand scheme of things can have a huge impact on your sense of self and emotional wellbeing. Really think about your strengths and what you can contribute to the greater good. For example, I have always been in performing arts and as a writer I like to inspire readers with my content. I see my personal mission as being able to both educate and entertain the world. Giving everyone something to smile about and learn from amidst the harsh realities of life.
2. Find a way to link your mission with your employers objectives
I recently read Your Next Role by leadership consultant, Niamh O’Keeffe. She believes that finding a sense of purpose in the workplace is integral to career progression. If you can align your own personal mission with that of your business, you will immediately begin to feel more energised, focused and enthusiastic about your job. This new boost of energy will not only impact your performance in your existing role, it will lead you to seek out ways that you can add real value to the business. O’Keeffe explains:
“The more aligned you are with the goals of the organisation, the more likely you are to be happier, highly engaged and motivated, and the more likely the organisation is going to want to keep you around and keep promoting you.”
3. Build a long-term career plan to help inspire you now
If you feel like your dream job is miles away then your short-term efforts may feel fruitless. Take a moment to really think about your ultimate goal for your career and then strategically map out how you are going to get to that destination.
If you want to become the CMO or CEO of the company find out how the existing jobholder got to that point. If you want to run your own business, make sure that your existing role is giving you the hands-on experience you need to work towards that milestone and proactively reach out for opportunities to develop and learn on the job.
4. Don’t isolate yourself from the team
If you have become negative about your job you have probably stopped going along to work events or got into the habit of moaning about work at every opportunity.
If you want to progress in your career, don’t underestimate the importance of like-ability in the business and how much negativity could impact progression in your existing job and beyond. You may get nodding heads of approval when you let rip on your inner most frustrations. However, that person will walk away feeling deflated and likely spread the word that you are unhappy. You also never know when this attitude will come back to bite you in the ass.
Better yet, work events are a fantastic opportunity to bend the ear of your superiors in an informal setting. Make an effort to socialise with your team and stop moaning – instead let a little of their positive energy rub off on you.
5. Make sure you are not getting in your own way
One of the biggest lessons I learned going freelance was just how much pressure I actually put on myself. I still get a feeling of panic when I am stuck in traffic on the way to my shared office and I still dream about work when I am struggling with a challenging project.
I realised that the only way to relieve this pressure and feel more inspired at work was to fix my negative inner voice. How often do you put yourself down? Conversely, how often do you big yourself up? Make an effort to switch up your negative thoughts to reassuring and positive affirmations. You are amazing at your job. You have so many strengths.
It is easy to blame your employer for any stress or anxiety in the workplace and while there are many external factors that could be playing a part – a lot of it will be coming from you. Every time you catch yourself putting yourself down take a moment to remember why you are awesome.
Feeling any better?
I know how it feels to go to work everyday and constantly question why you are there. It really is natural to feel like that if you have been at the same place for a long time and not had any recognition, but there are ways you can lean in and give your career a shove in the right direction if you commit to making that change.
However, sometimes it is a sign that you are not happy and need to consider a change of direction, and that is okay too. Whatever you decide, know that you are not alone. If you want to share your story please comment or pop me a tweet @jenniferthered
This article was originally published on LinkedIn.