Sometimes, working can feel monotonous. It can be difficult to get going. Maybe you feel like you’ve kind of been drifting and you aren’t really in control anymore. When you are working a job that you don’t like, or you are in a job where you don’t have a large measure of control, you can feel like don’t have the influence that you desire. This feeling isn’t uncommon. Some people continue working despite the “drifting” feeling and suffer from lowered productivity as a result. Other people learn how to take control of their lives and change their direction. Here’s how you can take control.
1. Accept that you can’t control everything
Ironically, taking control of your life and changing your direction starts with admitting that you can’t control everything. When we try to control all aspects of our life (or our job) we struggle to focus. But when we accept that there are things that we can’t change and live in the present, there is a renewed sense of energy. We focus on what we can do best at our jobs, and we excel at it.
2. Determine your ideals
Determining what your ideals are allows you to develop as a person. What words describe you? Are you an innovator? Are you a mentor? Describing yourself—what you are passionate about, what you take pride in—can help you to determine the direction you want to take in life. If you do well mentoring others, perhaps you can take a role training your staff at your current job. Or if you are really adventurous, you can find a new job that provides you a new mentoring role.
3. Figure out how you can be most productive
How are you most productive? Are you a self-starter? Do you need to create a “to-do” list? Do you work best in a group? Do you do your best work solo? Figuring this out and learning how you perform best can be crucial to putting yourself in a position to succeed at your job.
4. Take action
Taking action sounds simple, but often it is harder than we think. When there is a problem, it can be easy to fall into the trap of hoping that someone else can fix it. But by taking action and fixing problems for the entire group, you gain trust and build relationships with people who might be able to help you out in the future.
Regina Fasold is a seasoned Executive Coach and Leadership Expert. Her extensive professional background and her 10+ years of experience as a Global Executive Coach have allowed her to assist over 300 senior executives in corporations throughout the United States and in over 25 countries around the world.