With every passing day…I’m thoroughly convinced of one thing. I’m exactly where I should be…especially as it relates to my professional path. The trajectory of my career has changed significantly over the past several years.
In 2000, I departed undergraduate school with a BA degree and high hopes of conquering the television industry. I was on the path too…starting behind the scenes as an associate producer. And continuously moved up the ranks from associate producer to reporter to main news anchor.
By the end of the decade, I’d changed careers…opting for an industry that I accidentally stumbled on in graduate school. Organizational development. This field smiled on me. Changed my life. And equipped me with the tools to diagnose and treat common issues that occurred in the television industry. And every other industry where employees work and hit a brick wall. My mission is to help organizations tear brick walls down and stitch up employees. And prescribe treatments that help employees flourish in a healthy workplace.
What’s the point of this story? If you don’t walk away with any helpful tip in this post…know this. You are not alone. If we work long enough…in life…or at one organization we all endure chaos in the workplace. Organizations aren’t perfect. And every working individual gets frustrated with work processes and systems. Feel stressed, overworked, underpaid, and fatigued. When career plans don’t pan out the way we expect…self doubt creeps into our heads. We question ourselves. But, our greatest adversity can bring about the greatest life changes.
The following is a short exercise to get you on track…perhaps on a new track.
- Define the problem with your current situation.
- Analyze and determine how you can change that situation.
- Write down four things you can do to inspire yourself on the job. Learn a new technique maybe. Master a new concept.
- Identify tasks that bring you joy in the workplace.
- Redefine your work and career goals.
- Prioritize your next steps. Create a timeline to accomplish goals.
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