There are numerous articles across the web that discuss: “5 Ways to Know When it’s Time to Leave your Job,” or, “The 15 Steps to Figuring Out if it’s Time to Find a New Career,” or, “The 30 ways to Know if You’re Reaching your Full Potential“- but, that’s not what I’m going to do. Don’t get me wrong, many of these articles are incredibly helpful and filled with valuable advice. But, just as we all respond differently to situations, we all have different goals and opinions about our career. For example, many of us have encountered a person who doesn’t feel challenged at work, isn’t sure that there are growth opportunities at their current job, and dreads going to work each day. However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, you may know a person at the same company who loves the predictability and structure, enjoys the fact that each day is similar, and demonstrates little concern about the future. Same type of job, but two very different evaluations! That’s why it’s tricky to present a one-size-fits all model to help you know when it’s time for a change.
Goal setting is important because it gives us a metric to define what success and professional development means to us, whether or not we are acting in ways consistent with OUR goals, or whether we are veering away from OUR goals. The operative word is “OUR.” Goals, aspirations, and success look different for each of us. That’s why it’s important to define your long-term goals and to think about the paths to getting there. This way, you can recognize when your path shifts (which may not be a bad thing). If you feel lost, or you no longer know where you’re going, this could signal that it’s time to think about making a change.
What does goal setting entail?
Once you know what you are working toward, it is easier to know what you may be missing out on. If you notice that you aren’t making progress on your goals month-to-month, it’s important to ask yourself, “What is getting in my way?” If it is avoidance, procrastination, or another internal factor, this may require you to look at what thoughts, emotions, or behaviors may be impeding success. Conversely, maybe there are external factors getting in the way that are outside of your control (e.g., a difficult boss, demanding work environment, few opportunities for growth, etc.). Whether roadblocks are internal or external, it may be time to consider what changes you can make to help keep yourself on track. This may mean looking for a work environment that is a better fit, or can better support your current aspirations. Change is difficult and it may take time to get yourself out of a challenging situation. However, once you are aware of what you want, and what is getting in the way, you will have a clearer picture of what changes YOU want to make. You can build your personal roadmap to success by establishing goals, managing expectations, and planning for change.
Originally published at www.bewtraining.com