How to get unstuck in your career: Tip #2

When you feel stuck in your career, it’s important to choose the problem-solving path, not the problem-generating one. That’s how you deal instead of dwell.

Let me explain:

The problem generating path is where you create problems by being too negative. You lose confidence on this path, and you lose your way. It’s where you:

  • Dwell on the past
  • Worry about the future
  • Doubt yourself
  • Shut down
  • Get stuck

“Dwell” is the operative word here. It’s natural to feel anxious and fearful at first. In fact, discomfort often drives change. But, when you dwell on the negative, you mentally go around and around and come out at the same place—nowhere. No wonder you get stuck!

Now, let’s look at the problem solving path. When you problem solve, you gain confidence. You move forward towards success. It’s on this path that you:

  • Acknowledge and accept your fears
  • Take control—talk yourself through it
  • Begin to think positively
  • Ask “What are my next steps?”
  • Take action
  • Turn fear and doubt into planning and action

This path helps you deal instead of dwell. You take control, think empowering thoughts, ask better questions and take action.

See how it changes? Which path keeps you stuck and which one takes you forward and closer to your goal?

You decide.

 

Copyright 2015 Michelle Kerrigan

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