Are you feeling tired, restless, bored, uninspired, and generally a little peeved? Not sure why? You could be suffering from Un-Fulfilment Syndrome.
Un-Fulfilment Syndrome occurs when we spend 70% + of our time in a role we don’t like, in a job that doesn’t fit. The average person spends around 90,000 hours of their life at work. If you’re not in the right role with the right people, life can feel like it sucks!
How Un-Fulfilment Syndrome Strikes
We often set out on a career path before we are even legally allowed to order a beer. Everything feels fine at the start. You’re learning new things. You’re earning money. But as the years flash by, that little voice inside you starts asking a few questions. Is this it? Is this really what I want to be doing? How do I get off this ride when I’ve got the mortgage, the car loan, the shoes I want to buy or the school fees I need to pay? So you put your head down and get on with it. And that’s when Un-Fulfilment Syndrome really hits!
There IS a Cure!
The cure might not be as drastic as you think! You might not need a total career transformation. You might just need to make some simple tweaks to get you on the right path.
Now you have some skills and experience under your belt, you are in a much better position to make a change than when your career was just starting out. You know more about your likes and dislikes, and what type of company/culture/environment suits you. With some simple elicitation strategies, you will see that you really can make things better. Besides, if you don’t do it now, where are you going to be five, 10, 20 years?
Get Clear On What You Want
The first step to getting rid of ‘Un-Fulfilment Syndrome’ is clarity! I’ll be writing a bit more about this over the coming weeks however let’s get you started on the first step to recovery – and it’s really simple.
Begin by writing down what you don’t want in your job/career, and you’ll soon see what you DO want. If words aren’t your thing, put it in pictures, or even just try dreaming about what your perfect career would be. Many of us lose the knack for imagination as we get older. But actually daydreaming like a child and thinking, ‘What do I want to do when I grow up?’ is a great game to play if you want to achieve clarity. Keep it simple! This isn’t the time to go into logical brain overdrive about what’s possible and what’s not. This is just the first step. What is it that you like?
If you want to know more about how to beat Un-Fulfilment Syndrome for good, I’d love to help! Feel free to drop me a line and arrange a free 30-minute consultation.