Feeling Stuck in Your Career? 21 False Beliefs Keeping You There

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Feeling stuck in your career? You’re not alone.

Here are the twenty-one secret beliefs, thoughts, and ideas I hear people rely on all the time.

  1. There are no jobs out there, so I should be grateful for what I have.
  2. There are no jobs out there in my profession.
  3. There are no jobs out there at my level.
  4. There are no jobs for someone my age.
  5. There are no jobs out there in my part of the country/state/city/neighborhood.
  6. I don’t know what’s next for me.  
  7. I don’t have time to think about what’s next for me.
  8. I don’t have time to look for what’s next for me.
  9. I can’t afford to look for what’s next.
  10. I can’t afford to make a change.
  11. Other people work in really bad environments, so I should be happy here.
  12. Other people make much less money, so I should be happy here.
  13. Things will get better here when the economy changes.
  14. Things will get better here when the budget changes.
  15. Things will get better here when the season changes.
  16. Things will get better here when my boss changes.
  17. I’d like different work but my coworkers are good, so I should be content.
  18. I’d like different coworkers, but my work is good, so I should be content.
  19. I’d like a different schedule, but my work/coworkers are good, so I should be content.
  20. I’d like to make more money, but my work/coworkers/schedule is/are good, so I should be content.
  21. Work’s not meant to be fun; that’s why they call it work.

Feeling Stuck? Your Beliefs Are Getting In Your Way

If you’re feeling stuck in your career and have heard yourself say (or think) one or more of the above, it’s time to realize that what’s getting in-between you and the road to change is not something else or someone else.is your brain making you feel stuck in your career?

It’s you, and the choices you’re making in your brain.

You actually have control over everything you think, and those thoughts drive you toward action or inaction. Action feels good, and doesn’t have to be hard.

(More on how to take control of your career here.)

Wishing for a miracle to happen so that something—anything—changes is a losing strategy.With apologies to Barry Manilow, the miracle is you. Change your beliefs and you’ll change your life at work.

Change your beliefs and you’ll change your life at work.

YOUR TURN: What beliefs are keeping you stuck? Or if you’ve gotten unstuck, which did you have to change to get moving again? Send me a private email or let’s connect on Facebook.