Hey you. Yep, you. I’m guessing you landed on this page because you’re feeling a little down about where you are in your career right now. Chances are you’re looking at what stage your friends or former colleagues are at and you feel like your progress pales in comparison. It’s understandable, you’re human. But it’s time to stop being so hard on yourself and shift your perspective about where you are in your career journey. So stop stalking the profiles of everybody you know on LinkedIn and read below to see what five things you can do to start feeling better about where you are.
- Reflect on your career journey so far
Instead of berating yourself for your lack of accomplishments, take some time to focus on the things you have achieved. Reflecting is a great way of putting things into perspective. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have won an award, been successful at getting a promotion or received a coveted bonus, that’s amazing, but these aren’t the only types of positives that you should be proud of. Get into the habit of celebrating all your wins no matter how small they may seem. So pat yourself on the back for the time you completed that difficult project, congratulate yourself for building a good reputation at work and give yourself props for remaining consistently employed.
- Stop comparing yourself to others
If you’re reading this because you’re feeling behind in your career then I’d bet one of the main reasons for this is because you’re comparing yourself to what everybody else is doing. Your life, your experiences, your trials, tribulations and triumphs are all unique to you. Therefore it’s illogical to try and match up to what your peers are doing. With the right mindset, an action plan and a healthy dose of discipline you can be everything you’re aspiring to become. You just have to believe, live confidently in your belief and stop allowing yourself to get distracted by outside noise.
- Stop thinking about your age
If there’s one thing that will make you start to panic about the state of your career it’s getting older. But so what if you aren’t making as much as you wanted to by the time you hit 25? And who cares if you don’t make it to the senior management team in time for your 30th birthday? Taking your age out of the career equation will limit a lot of the stress you’re burdening yourself with. Take advantage of the blessings that come with age like experience and wisdom, and use your skills to propel yourself to new heights.
- Start taking action
Want to stop feeling bad about your career? It’s time to start being proactive so that you can eventually get to wherever it is you’re trying to go. Write down your goals. Set out a plan. Create a vision board. Do whatever fuels your productivity and motivates you to add to your list of achievements (remember what we discussed in point 1 above). The only way to start seeing results is to put the work in.
- Accept that progression takes time
From the outside looking in it can often feel like everything is happening quickly for everyone else. Also, it’s easy to compare your six-month-long efforts to someone else’s six-year-long career. But realistically, progression takes time. They say it takes 10 years to become an overnight success so think about that the next time you start giving yourself a hard time about how little you think you’ve achieved. Keep the long-term goal at the forefront of your mind. A little patience goes a long way.
Have you ever felt like you weren’t where you wanted to be in your career?