When you think about doing something that is out of your comfort zone, like changing jobs, moving house, or ending a relationship, you probably feel - you guessed it - a little uncomfortable. Even just thinking about leaving your comfort zone can make anyone feel somewhat stressed out. And while it might be tempting to avoid these feelings, the right amount of stress can actually be good for you.
In my last blog, I wrote about the effects of neuroplasticity and stretching yourself to experience new things. Neuroplasticity means that your brain rewires and you create new neural pathways. Going out of your comfort zone stimulates the creation of new and different neural pathways. In these times, most of us are at home pretty much all the time, so we literally live in our comfort zones. So what can you do to keep stretching yourself and to keep growing?
When we have to make a decision in life - any decision - we tend to approach things in a rational way. What are the options? What are the pros and cons? As I mentioned in a recent blog, this way of handling decision making can work in some occasions, but when it comes to making big decisions, things tend to get a little more complex.
Have you ever had to make a decision where you got stuck in an endless circle of weighing your options, overthinking the decision and eventually not doing anything at all? You’re not alone. This frustrating - but common - phenomenon is called analysis paralysis. You just can’t seem to make a decision because you’re too scared that you’ll end up making the wrong decision.
But making a ‘wrong’ decision really isn’t as bad as you might think and can actually be a good thing. The thought of making a bad decision might feel daunting, but it really doesn’t have to be. While it probably won’t feel good initially, eventually you will find your way again. And with that, you’ll notice you’re much more resilient than you probably thought.
Many of us spend a big chunk of our daily lives working. On average, you spend a whopping 90,000 hours of your life at work and how you feel at work greatly impacts your general happiness, fulfillment and sense of purpose.
In reality, a lot of us are not satisfied with our work. You might have been satisfied when you got your current job, but something in your life happened and your perspective shifted. Or you went on a holiday, got out of the rat race for a while and you realised you want to change something in your life. So what can you do?
When you want to increase your job satisfaction, you’ll probably think about what makes you happy. But chasing happiness is a little tricky. Because it is impossible to be happy all the time, chasing happiness can actually leave you feeling more unhappy. So what should you focus on? The key to feeling more satisfied at work is finding out why you do what you do and what gives you a sense of purpose and meaning.
According to a Harvard business review study, employees who feel there is meaning and significance to their work had a 1.7 times higher job satisfaction, were more than three times as likely to stay at their current workplace and were 1.4 times more engaged at work.
Do you feel stuck in a rut? Did you get that job you always dreamed about and you’re wondering: is this it? Are the goals that you set for yourself years ago not that relevant to you anymore? If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions it might be time to get involved with a career coach.
It may seem trivial, but people who feel appreciated at work generally feel more engaged, motivated and energised. Feeling appreciated no matter what situation we’re in is a basic human need: We want to feel like the people around us love, appreciate and care for us. So why would the workplace be any different?
So you’re thinking about making a career change. Or you’re considering moving to another home, another city, or even another country. In your head you’re making pros and cons lists and you’re asking your family and friends for advice. And in the end? You’re more confused than where you started.
We all have bad days at work, which can make us question if we are on the right path in our career. But how do you know if you’re just going through a rough patch or if it’s really time to consider a career change?
It’s a feeling we have all felt at some point in our career: feeling like you’re stuck in a rut. It’s a pretty ambiguous feeling: you do like your job, but you feel there might be more and you just don’t get that excited about your career anymore. Especially working in corporate it can be easy to ignore these feelings as you’ve worked hard to get where you are and you are proud of your accomplishments. But if you still feel there might be more for you, it might be worth checking out what’s going on.