Stuck in Your Current Job? 3 Ways to Get Unstuck

Bloom Where You Are Planted(A guest blog post from Deborah Ivanoff, PhD)

Perhaps you’ve been feeling restless in your current job. Or maybe you’ve been downright dissatisfied and unhappy working where you are. And if it’s been quite some time since you’ve made a change you might believe it just can’t be done; better to have the job you do than chase after something new. Whether you decide to stay where you are for now, or want to begin to move toward making a change, here are 3 ways you can start feeling better now, that will also help you get moving to make the change you want, if you decide to explore new avenues.

1) Bloom Where You Are Currently Planted

It’s corny, I know. But to any degree that you can find more happiness where you are, you will begin to put the wheels in motion to carry you to something even better. Years ago, I took this to heart, literally. I needed a new place to live and fast: my landlord wanted to move back in to the house I had lived in for 10 years. So I planted an array of annuals in all their glorious spring color around the front of that house and within two weeks I’d found a house that met all my needs, plus accepted my pets!

It didn’t make sense to invest where I was, when I was looking to leave. But sometimes the counterintuitive works. So why not work it?

What could you do, what action could you take that would help you express appreciation for where you are, so to open the doors to new possibilities?

2) Be Clear About What You Want

Get clear if you don’t know what you want. Are you spending more time thinking about your unhappiness or dissatisfaction, or thinking about what you do want? If you go into a restaurant and the waitress comes to take your order but rather than tell her what you’d like, you begin to tell her what you don’t like on the menu, it’s going to take a very long time to get your food. In fact, she may become frustrated and leave you for a bit. Being clear is like giving that exact order. The more efficiently you order, chances are the more efficiently your order will be delivered.

I’ve noticed many of us have been raised to believe that we risk disappointment if we care too much about something. This can get in the way of daring to be clear in our true desires. What I see, is that the person who invests the time in getting “real” with themselves about what they want, and then thinks about that, usually gets something even better, especially if they are on the lookout.

3) Be On The Lookout

As human beings we all suffer from “conditioning”. We have a tendency to move in the direction of the same, the usual, the expected. We begin to see only what we’ve seen before. Imagine wearing a pair of glasses that was painted on the inside so you only saw the same scene day in and day out. Take you current “glasses”, your view of the world off and look through new, fresh eyes.

There is so much opportunity flowing around us everyday. If you are looking for that new opportunity, you will begin to see all kinds of opportunities. You don’t have to respond to every opportunity or any opportunity. Just be on the lookout. Perhaps as you begin to notice how may new opportunities there really are in your world, you will begin to feel excited about possibilities. And this will draw even more opportunities to you.

If were to lookout for a certain opportunity what would it be? Well this is where your taking time for clarity really pays off. What would be a job or position you would like? Start noticing other people who have that job, or are looking for that job, or are looking for people to fill that job? And get excited about the possibilities!

Deborah Ivanoff, PhD, Master Life-Work Coach helps people embrace the hidden dance beneath life’s challenges, and overcome life-long blocks to achievement and success. She works with clients one-on-one and offers classes to help people find their personal solutions. Find her at

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  1. by Deborah

    On October 4, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Thank you Sean, for the opportunity to reach out and work with you to help people get moving toward their next workplace experience. :)

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