Do you Need to Change your Career or your Attitude?

Do you Need to Change your Career or your Attitude?
June 17, 2014 Linda Murray

Athena Coaching, Linda MurrayDo you ever find it’s an effort to get out of bed in the morning on a work day? You drag yourself through your morning routine, and you can feel your pace slowing the closer you get to the workplace. By the time you arrive at work you know you don’t want to be there.

We’ve probably all felt like that at times. We’ve lost interest in what we are currently doing, we feel burnt out, or we don’t seem to be getting anywhere in our career.

As you look around you notice that everyone else seems to be happy. Even your team members are working away productively on the job at hand.

What’s wrong with you?

Are you just going through a rough patch or should you change your career entirely?

Sometimes the answer will be that you do need to change careers. Unlike our parents and grandparents, we no longer have to work for the same employer or in the same career for 40+ years. We have many options open to us.

More often, though, this restlessness is a sign that you need to make some changes, especially in your attitude to the work you are doing.

John N. Mitchell defined it well when he said, “Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.”  The same applies to your career.

If you are not feeling engaged with your role, and your work, it may be time for an attitude adjustment. Remember that skills and knowledge can only take you so far. It’s your attitude towards your career that helps you become a success.

How can you change your attitude?

1. The first step is to find out what is missing for you from your work.

We thrive on different things. Some love chaos while others love an orderly process. Some love doing their part of the job well while others want to see the job through from beginning to end. What is missing from your role which makes you feel dissatisfied?

2. Find meaning.

Even the best leaders can fall into a rut occasionally. When you are working though a set process of steps, it’s easy to lose sight of the why behind what you do. It’s the why that gives meaning to your work. Ask yourself why you accepted this role. What attracted you to it? Find your why once more.

3. Look for development opportunities.

Life is about personal growth. What can you do to develop new skills or knowledge? What can you do differently in your current role? One small change can make a big difference.

4. Set yourself some goals.

You need something to strive for but you don’t have to wait for someone else to tell you what that is. Take a look at the answers to the questions in each of the three sections above. In there you will find some new goals to aim for.

Your attitude to yourself, your life and your work connects who you are with what you do. When your attitude is wrong, everything else will be out of place, too. Remember, your attitude towards life determines life’s attitude towards you. Only you have the power to make a difference to your attitude, and ultimately to your success.

Did you just say “Help!”?

Jump onto the Athena Coaching Resources page (click here) and complete the following 2 profiling tools: ‘Identify your strengths’, and ‘Your Personality Profile’.  These will only take a few minutes and provide you with fantastic insight into what drives you, how you work best and what are the strengths you bring to the world. Enjoy!

 

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