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Break Out Of Your Rut

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Thoughts on how to break out of your rut and achieve your job search goals

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Break Out Of Your Rut

  1. 1. Blast Out of Your Rut Laura Parrino Byxbe Career Management Consultant Right Management Consultants
  2. 2. Discontent <ul><li>40% - Job is very or extremely stressful </li></ul><ul><li>25% - #1 stressor in life </li></ul><ul><li>60% - Pressured to work too much </li></ul><ul><li>56% - somewhat or completely dissatisfied with job </li></ul><ul><li>85% - Overworked and unappreciated </li></ul>
  3. 3. Engagement <ul><li>Engaged Workers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfied with their work (enjoyment) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Committed to two years of employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give their best everyday </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disengaged Workers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60% Disengaged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25% Engaged </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15% Actively disengaged – the workplace “on board terrorist” seeking to undermine operations </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Defining the malaise <ul><li>BURNOUT </li></ul><ul><li>STUCK </li></ul><ul><li>RUT </li></ul>
  5. 5. Burnout <ul><li>How do you know you’re burned out? </li></ul><ul><li>“Physical and mental exhaustion, as a result of long-term stress.” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Causes of Burn-out <ul><li>Incongruence of values, priorities and work </li></ul><ul><li>Living other people’s expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Issues appear bigger than they are </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation </li></ul><ul><li>Failing to care for yourself </li></ul>
  7. 7. Causes of Burnout <ul><li>Adding to your ‘to-do’ list without deleting </li></ul><ul><li>Forgetting to express gratitude – existing in fault and blame </li></ul><ul><li>Overlooking the importance of humor </li></ul><ul><li>Doing work that is no longer challenging </li></ul><ul><li>Forgetting your passions </li></ul>
  8. 8. Stuck <ul><li>How do you know you are stuck? </li></ul><ul><li>“To be at or come to a standstill; become fixed, blocked, checked or obstructed” </li></ul><ul><li>Resistance that is fear-based </li></ul>
  9. 9. What Keeps Us Stuck <ul><li>Not knowing what we want </li></ul><ul><li>Stoicism </li></ul><ul><li>Distraction (busy-ness) </li></ul><ul><li>Fear </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult job market </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of portable skills </li></ul><ul><li>A required tradeoff (family, health insurance) </li></ul>
  10. 10. What Keeps Us Stuck <ul><li>No energy </li></ul><ul><li>Lethargy, complacency </li></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><li>High Tolerance for Pain </li></ul><ul><li>Dissaproval </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rut <ul><li>How do you know you’re in a rut? </li></ul><ul><li>“A fixed and usually boring routine.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. What keeps you in your rut? <ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of/paralyzed by change </li></ul><ul><li>Failing to see options </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing the path of least resistance </li></ul><ul><li>Pigeon-holing yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Myths </li></ul><ul><li>Limiting self beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>Overwhelmed by the enormity of the task </li></ul><ul><li>Gremlins </li></ul><ul><li>Failure to understand obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>Routines – surroundings, people, habits </li></ul><ul><li>Incentive isn’t big enough </li></ul>
  13. 13. Shocking New Study! <ul><li>87%….would rather cut off a finger than lose their job! </li></ul><ul><li>48%….would willingly amputate a foot if it meant they would have lifelong employment! </li></ul>
  14. 14. What do I want… <ul><li>Job… </li></ul><ul><li>Career…. </li></ul><ul><li>Calling… </li></ul>
  15. 15. Five Stages of following a calling <ul><li>The Call </li></ul><ul><li>The Search </li></ul><ul><li>The Struggle </li></ul><ul><li>The Breakthrough </li></ul><ul><li>The Return </li></ul>
  16. 16. Following a Calling <ul><li>Do you really have a choice? </li></ul><ul><li>An internal and spiritual process… </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for your life to turn upside down </li></ul><ul><li>Sacrifice </li></ul><ul><li>Paradox </li></ul>
  17. 17. Do What You Love…. <ul><li>Getting Rich Your Own Way – Srully Blotnick research project – 1982 </li></ul><ul><li>1500 people – Group A – 83% of sample- career chosen for making money now in order to do what they love later </li></ul><ul><li>Group B – 17% of sample - chose their career based on what they wanted to do now, and worry about the money later </li></ul>
  18. 18. Do What You Love… <ul><li>In 20 years – </li></ul><ul><li>101 of the 1500 became millionaires… </li></ul><ul><li>All but 1 came from Group B! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Suggestions for Rut-Blasting <ul><li>Identify the problem – burnout, stuck, rut </li></ul><ul><li>Consult your death – write an obit </li></ul><ul><li>Create a mission statement (“The Path”) Laurie Beth Jones, www.franklincovey.com – “mission builder” </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge resistance & reality </li></ul>
  20. 20. Suggestions for Rut-Blasting <ul><li>Make a spiritual connection </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer – www.volunteercenter.org </li></ul><ul><li>Treasure Map </li></ul><ul><li>Update your skill sets/take a class </li></ul><ul><li>“ Those who abandon their dreams will discourage yours.” – You hear the word no at least144,000 times before you are 18 </li></ul><ul><li>Find a coach, mentor or success team. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Suggestions for Rut blasting <ul><li>Attitude of Gratitude/Gratitude Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Practice extreme self care </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate tolerances </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate small action steps </li></ul><ul><li>Change your scenery </li></ul>
  22. 22. Action Steps

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