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Stuck In A Rut?


Find Your Passion and Get Out of the Work Rut

When you have been working in the same job for many years it can become incredibly tiresome, and feel like an uphill struggle. Whether you choose to search for a different job, or are forced into searching for alternatives like I was, there is plenty on offer. Often people tolerate their jobs, due to the fact that it is a good job, but you deserve more, that is why you need a fantastic job.

Going to work every day should never be a chore, and when you get to that stage, it is time to jump ship and go elsewhere. However, this can be daunting, and although I was forced into finding another job when I was made redundant, it was the best thing that could have happened. Everything about my previous job was ok, the people were pleasant, and the money reasonable, but it didn’t excite me to go to work.

Some people consider jumping ship from their current work but never actually take those final steps. You need to be brave, and acknowledge that there is more to life than a boring nine to five day that simply pays the bills. Once you are stuck in that rut, you need the courage to climb out, and begin your new and exciting career.

There are numerous reasons why you may feel stuck in your job, and you need to see past your feelings, and focus on the future. I felt trapped for many years, but the need to support my wife and kids kept me in the same job. I now realise that I should have left a long time ago, and explored other avenues.

Many people fear being unemployed, and the idea of setting up your own business is far too daunting. However, once you take that leap of faith, and see that there are many different options in life, you will feel calmer and more settled. You should always live to work, and not work to live as I soon begun to realise when I was searching for different job options.

Fear is the number one reason that stops us in life, and you need to look at the bigger picture when deciding where to go with your career. The emotions that you have will be strong, and you will not want to let anyone down, especially yourself. But if you do not take a moment and look at the bigger picture, you will become bogged down with stress and boredom.

Once your job offers no more challenges, and you feel that every day is one long chore, it is time to search for something else. There is plenty on offer if you take the time to search and I was amazed how much happier I was immediately. Someone suggested to me when I was unsure of what to do next, to think about what I would do if I was actually stuck in a rut.

The first thing I thought was to rock back and forth, and although this may seem strange to do, the concept is to make small movements to gain momentum. Making small decisions that are all going in the correct direction can make a huge difference in the future. I also wanted to help other people, and this became my focus in life.

I wanted to do a job that I enjoyed, which meant thinking about my passions in life, which included writing and helping people. My wife was an excellent support system, and without here, I could not have achieved as much as I did. You will need support, guidance and a strong head to achieve your goals, but they are possible.

Remain level headed, stay strong and focus on what is important in life, once you begin to gain momentum you will see that anything is possible. Ensure that you spread the burden and spend time with friends, family and leave time to enjoy work. Take the time to look at what you enjoy in life, and speak to the people around you. Your new career choice may seem strange at first, but it may be the first stage of your new life.

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