The new year can bring with it many things….the stress of resolutions, the beginnings of tax prep, and the restart of the dreaded deductible. While you’re dreaming of spring flowers, which I like to tell myself are right around the corner, consider embracing new opportunity.
Weigh Your Options
If you’ve begun to question your happiness with your current job or career, ask yourself if you will truly feel differently in a year (the rhyming was unintentional, I promise). We often think “I will be happy if I can….” and we finish that with anything from “get a raise” or “find a better work /life balance.” A wise person recently told me to focus on finding happiness now rather than waiting for something to happen. If you did get a raise, would you feel refreshed in your position? Or, would you be just as miserable with a little more in your bank account. Whatever conclusion you come to, find the most happiness you can now, even if that means taking a leap.
Avoid the Burnout
Have you begun to dread going to work in the mornings? By Sunday evening, are you savoring every second of freedom until you have to return to “the grind.” This might be a good time to reevaluate and consider “gettin’ while the gettin’ is good.” Nothing is worse than feeling trapped with no other options.
Don’t get too Comfortable
Even when things are running smoothly and you’ve feel you’ve found your niche, don’t stop looking. Pull up your favorite job boards periodically and search your area….maybe even a new area if you’re feeling particularly froggy. Embracing new opportunity requires finding one.
Show Doubt the Door
When embarking on a new journey, most of us are faced with doubt. You’ve overcome other challenges and, chances are, you will conquer this as well. It’s completely normal to feel intimidated, but when it’s all said and done, what’s the worst that can happen. Creating a “Plan B” can also help to calm the fears and anxiety. Is there something you didn’t hate in the past that you know you can fall back on if your career is on the outs? Write it out in a journal and review it when you begin catastrophizing.
Don’t Feel Like a Quitter
We are our own worst critics, so when we decide to move on from a career, we often dub ourselves “quitters.” Quitting is giving up, throwing in the towel. If you’re trying to better yourself or simply increase your happiness, you’re hardly a quitter. You’re an inspiration. Also, avoid thinking of those you may be letting down by deciding to make a switch. This can keep you from necessary growth, especially if you’re a people-pleaser.
Don’t Rule out Education
Don’t say it. You’re not “too old” to go back to school. That’s like saying you’re too old to learn anything else, right? People often find they handle college more gracefully as they age. So, give it a shot. Maybe you’d like to get your GED or add some college courses. There are also numerous possibilities to learn new crafts that could turn into hobbies or supplemental income. You might even consider job training for your current position. It could offer you a higher degree of confidence in your abilities and your employer might even cover the costs. Embracing new opportunity doesn’t have to mean finding a new employer. Sometimes it isn’t a new job you’re craving, but a refreshed perspective and a boost of confidence that can only be accomplished by learning something new.
If you’re content where you are, don’t let this enchanted time pass without researching opportunities that might be of interest in the future. Take some time to learn a new hobby or enroll in a course that might lead to new possibilities if you happen to become discontented. Preparing ahead doesn’t mean you’re expecting the worst, you’re simply planning to be your best!