A few months ago, I gave a presentation called “Energy Matters,” where I shared some tips for breaking out of a professional rut and energizing your career.
Afterward, I had a conversation with a woman named Maria, who was feeling stuck in her job.
Maria had been with her company for several years as the head of operations. However, she felt like she had hit a wall and was struggling to find the motivation to keep going.
As we talked, I explained to Maria that being stuck in a professional rut is a common issue, but it’s not a dead-end – and there were a choice of things she could do to turn setbacks into opportunities and energize her career.
I shared some tips with Maria, including:
- Reflect on your goals: Consider your career goals and what is next.
- Seek input: Ask for feedback from colleagues, friends, or a mentor to identify areas for improvement and growth.
- Embrace change: Look for new challenges or opportunities to get off autopilot.
- Learn new skills: Don’t wait for the next corporate training program; invest in yourself to help you grow professionally.
- Take risks: Don’t be afraid to embrace courage, take risks and try new things. Sometimes, the most significant opportunities come from taking a chance.
Maria realized she had to take action if she wanted more out of life.
She started reflecting on her goals and decided to take on a new project that would challenge her talents and also invested in learning new skills to help her grow professionally.
Maria’s story is an excellent reminder of how setbacks can be opportunities for growth and change.
As the famous quote by Albert Einstein goes, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Finally, Maria took a risk and applied for a new position, which she was offered and accepted.
So, if you’re feeling stuck in your career, take inspiration from Maria’s story and remember that setbacks can be opportunities for growth and change.
With the right mindset and commitment to action, you can also break out of your professional rut and reach new heights in your career.