Is it just the January Blues or is it time to go?
It’s fine it’s just a temporary thing…. I just need to get back into my routine and all will be fine.’ Everybody feels like this in January….don’t they?’
The evenings are dark, temperatures have dropped and the weather forecasters start to mention the word snow. All the excitement of Christmas, the time off, giving yourself permission to eat and drink and be merry seems a distant past.
You seem to be carrying this extra weight around (and I’m not talking those few extra Christmas pounds!) a big black cloud descends whenever thoughts turn to work. Is it a bad patch? Will things get better? Is it just the time of year? We all have times when we struggle to get motivated for work, how do we tell if it’s more than a blip and that its time to go? When is enough, enough?
In your heart, you probably already know the answer to this but maybe you don’t want to admit it as this would mean you would need to do something about it. Instead, you push it to the back of your mind and justify to yourself that the time is not now.
Am I describing you?
When the Christmas cheer has disappeared and the January blues sets in.
I don’t know about you but in previous years when the Christmas parties have ended, the chocolates have all been eaten, my trousers are feeling tighter and the cheer has disappeared I find it hard to get myself motivated. I see all the posts about setting your resolutions, about creating the new you and start to feel pressure because I am not conforming; which if I am not careful will drag me down further. So what do you do when you have lost your New Year, New You Mojo?
Here are my 5 tips to banish those January Blues:
All I Want for Christmas is a New Job!
Dear Father Christmas
I know you are really busy this year and that technically as I am over 18 I don’t qualify for a delivery, but I’ve been working really hard and would be on your ‘nice list’. I would really love it if you could find me a new job, a job that makes me feel like I am making a difference each day, that allows me to grow and show what I have to offer. Ultimately I want a job I enjoy and allows me to thrive. I would really appreciate it if you could find the time.
Good luck with the Christmas deliveries and I hope you enjoy the New Year break.
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Is your lack of self confidence holding you back?
When people ask me what I do and start talking to me about career coaching and helping people find a job they love, I often hear the response ‘I’d love to do something different but I can’t do anything else.’ Inside I am screaming YES you can.
Maybe you are like me. I used to think that I wasn’t brave enough to work for myself, that I didn’t have the skills needed to promote my business and make sales and therefore being a business owner was not for me. The world entrepreneur I associated with creative people who were filled with bright ideas. They were brave and willing to take risks. I would think of inventors and Dragon’s Den and I would dismiss the idea as I just didn’t associate these traits with me. However, what I was doing was getting in my own way. I was letting my low self-esteem and confidence hold me back.
Are you staying put in your job as you have no clue what else to do?
This was me! I can remember clearly thinking that as I didn’t have any idea I would stay where I was until I had clarity, as this was the sensible thing to do. I was there for 10 years! In this blog, I share my own personal career journey with the hope that it helps you fast track yours.
5 common mistakes people make when searching for their next career adventure.
You’ve had it, that end of year performance review really did not recognise your contribution, that salary increase was pathetic… do they think you work for the love of it? They just keep throwing more and more at you and nothing seems to drop off the list of responsibilities. It’s same the old thing, do more with fewer people and resources.
You’re considering your options and the time is now, you have had enough, surely there has to be something out there. I’m here to tell you that there absolutely is and to give you a head start by sharing some common career journey mistakes that I and numerous of my clients made before coming to see me.
Why are we not comfortable putting ourselves out there?
When you hear the word vulnerable what does it conjure up for you? Do you think weak, pathetic, exposed or do you think confident, courageous, willingness to be yourself? Unfortunately, I think we have over time been socialized to automatically think about it in a negative context. That by telling someone what you are worried about, by sharing a concern you are showing the world your faults, your weaknesses.
Are You Procrastinating Due To Fear?
For the last 12 months, I had been putting off shooting videos for my business. I kept telling myself “next month, do it next month” and then another couple of months would have passed. Or I would find something else in my business to priorities and there was even a time when I told myself not now your highlights need doing and you have a spot coming up on your face! There was always a reason not to. Then I realised what I was doing, I was procrastinating. When we find ourselves procrastinating it will tend to be due to either not knowing how to do something or because of a fear. I was scared, the fear was kicking in and I saw that what I needed was to coach myself out of this situation.
Here are the 3 steps I took to overcome my fear and you can adapt these to any situation when your fears are getting in the way of you taking action.
If I Move Organisation Will That Be Enough?
Have you found yourself asking ‘is it the Company or is it me?’ You are not alone! Here are two ideas to help you figure it out.
Before setting up my own coaching business I worked in Human Resources (HR) for a large global bank. There had been a number of times when I had started to think that maybe it was time to move on as I wasn’t enjoying the job anymore. But then I would move to a different area which would excite me as it brought fresh challenges and new relationships and all would be good for a year or two. My last stint was working overseas experiencing the expat lifestyle. The excitement of creating a new life in a different country was thrilling but when the honeymoon ended and the realisation that this was the new normal kicked in I finally admitted to myself that I had fallen out of love with HR.
What Does It Take To Leap Into That New Career?
Here are 4 qualities I believe are essential to making that career transition - they may surprise you!