Are you facing a challenge in your career that seems insurmountable? Are you unsure how to handle it? Do you wish that overcoming your challenge was easier?
No one really wants things to be tough. Yes, we may know deep down that tough makes us stronger, but when we are going through a difficult situation, easy is the choice we would make if we could.
What is your current challenge? Have you known for a long time that you should be doing something different in your career? Has something happened that changed the way you view yourself? Are you hoping that things in your career will somehow go back to the way they were?
Many people I speak to are struggling in their career, and my heart goes out to them. I know they want more and want things to be different. But there's no magic pill that will save them from the hard work that’s necessary to accomplish a career transformation. The good news is that hard work will provide real results.
The difficult part is getting started. But once you start, you will get to your goal by simply continuing to put one foot in front of the other. Here are four steps to follow:
Expect To Be Uncomfortable
If you expect to be uncomfortable, then you won't be surprised when you are. And you won't resist it. Most times, our biggest career challenge is not what has happened (or is happening), but our reaction to it.
What's wrong with being uncomfortable? Discomfort means you are being challenged and are growing. You know growth is a good thing in the end, even if it hurts a bit in the beginning.
Embrace the Challenge
Challenges in your career are there for a reason. The pain your challenge produces tells you that something is not working. Maybe there’s a situation that you've been avoiding, but now you no longer can. That's a good thing. What you avoid only gets bigger. Facing what needs to be faced will bring you relief and freedom. Running will not.
Challenges give you resilience and help you become a better person. Although difficulties may not be fun while you are having them, overcoming challenges gives rise to a brand new confident you. Don't stand in the way of that person. It's who you are supposed to become.
Be Open to the Possibilities
Are you overly attached to what happens next? Then the journey will be harder for you. Remember that there is your plan, and then there is the reality that will actually unfold. We all would like to control our destiny, but sometimes it's not up to us. Let go of the ending. Maybe the outcome will surprise you. Whatever happens, trust that you will be in a better place and that good things are just around the corner.
Remember It Gets Easier Over Time
What knocks you off your feet in the beginning becomes more manageable as you go through the process. Day by day, what seems overwhelming becomes less demanding and hectic. Get ready to find a new groove and a new routine. At times, you may not completely know where you are going, but if you move forward, the future won't seem so scary or unknown.
Slow and steady wins the race. Your goal is to keep going, knowing that good things will come your way if you do. So, what do you say? You only have one life to live - it might as well be a life you love!