Tuesday, July 16, 2019

3 Steps to Reclaiming Your Freedom by Yvette Gavin

Stuck. The one word I hear the most when talking to others about their current career state is stuck. From recent college graduates to seasoned professionals, the concept of being unable to move from an undesirable position or place is depriving people from experiencing true freedom.

To be stuck implies having to deal with someone or something unpleasant because there are no other choices available. The truth is that there are options and the only person that can move you from an undesirable situation is you. Stuart Wilde, a British writer, lecturer and teacher, said “If you are not totally free, ask yourself, why? I like this quote because it reminds me that I cannot be stuck and free at the same time, but more importantly, Wilde’s quote reminds me that it’s my responsibility to maintain my freedom.

Why do people stay at a company or in a role that causes them to feel stuck? There are tons of surface reasons but to boil it down to one phase, it is a lack of faith in themselves and a lack of faith that there is something bigger and greater for them. It breaks my heart to see people going through the motions because no one---employer or employee--- wins while working under the mindset of being stuck.

If you’re feeling stuck now, here are three things you can do to reclaim your freedom:

1. Love Yourself - Loving yourself is not about being selfish or self-centered. Loving yourself is about taking responsibility for your own development, growth, and happiness. It means accepting your strengths and weaknesses, making a commitment to work on building and correcting what needs to be done within. When you love yourself, you know your value and teach others how to respect you and your talent.

2. Have Faith – Having faith is believing in yourself. Faith is the knowing that you can and will live your highest dream even when it doesn’t look as if it’s possible. When you have faith, you pave the way for all you want and need to come to you at the right time in the most perfect way.

3. Do the Work – The Greek saying, “Faith without Works is dead” reminds us that where there is real faith/belief we are to act upon it. The work is doing in the natural what you can do to light the path to your desires. If you desire to become unstuck in your career, it will require energy from you. Start today with disciplining yourself in one area of work. Your work could be updating your resume, having a one-on-one with your leader, going to a networking event, or taking a career growth development course.

Why do you think people stay in a career where they feel stuck? What advice do you have for someone feeling stuck in their career? I would love to hear your feedback.

Learn more about Yvette Gavin via her website at www.yvettegavin.com and follow her on Twitter @yvette_gavin

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