This is a phenomenon I’ve observed recently. Perhaps it applies to you.
If you are good at your job and work hard, you will, hopefully, be recognised and promoted. Then, at some point, your career comes to a grinding halt even though you’re more technically competent and working harder than ever before. Unfortunately, it’s a familiar pattern for many young professionals.
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1. You take on more and more work to prove that you can handle it
Alternative: Take on more and more responsibility but make sure you have others around you sharing the load.
2. You neglect the obvious
Alternative: Take the time to really listen and observe what’s happening around you, so you’re across what’s really going on.
3. You lose the connection
Alternative: Learn about your team and take an interest in them as people. If they know you care about them, they’ll be more inclined to help you when you need it.
If you keep going this way, there is no way out.
As you work longer hours to get more done, all your energy is focussed on doing the operational and there’s none left for being strategic. On top of that, there’s no time or space allowed for reflection and growth.
With no time to reflect, you’ll stay stuck in your hard-working comfort zone.
That doesn’t sound (or feel) like a comfort zone, but it is! You are doing more of what you know instead of risking doing something different.
Are you ready to take a risk and try a different way? Your career trajectory can and will change – so do it before you burn out!
If you really want to escape the ‘cycle of doom’, we’re here to help. Give us a call!
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