Many employees sooner or later find themselves somewhat stuck in terms of professional development. Their job becomes boring as people lose perspective of growth. Doing the same thing day in and day out brings no joy and as a result, employees can hardly find any motivation to perform well. Progressing from one job to another also doesn't help much in understanding who you are and where you are going. If you feel yourself a little bit lost in the middle of what you thought should be your successful career it is a good time to ask yourself whether you are on track with your current job.
Defining the Course and Goals
Before dreaming about a successful career one has to know how his/her professional success should look like. Is it a CEO position, business owner or anything else. We encourage you not to think about the result of your successful career (that is big money or anything you can spend your money on), but rather focus on the actual job (something you will be doing on a daily basis). Defining the course then is essential both for people and the companies they choose to work for. It is the first step in being on track with your career. If you are already employed then you have to define your endpoints and goals within specific timeframe (for example, 5 years). It doesn't matter whether you are a lawyer, nurse or sales associate - endpoints and goals can help in any position achieve more.
Consider what would be a natural progression for someone working in your position. Think of an endpoint along with the potential milestones you will have to face on your way. The most important thing you have to remember is that you can't be doing the same thing for 5 or even more years without any progress. It should motivate you to move forward achieving small end points you have set for your job title. After you have chosen your career path, defined the course, set endpoints and milestones with specific timeframes you should start thinking about potential course-correcting you might need. The problem is that things don't always go the way we plan and in order to break through tough challenges we have to ready to face them. When your career path isn't working for some reason you should always have a plan B. If you don't have one it will be very tempting to give up and get distracted from the course.
Lastly, we recommend narrowing it down to small steps you can take to achieve your endpoints or overcome challenges. You could also plan small steps that would help you adjust to potential changes at your workplace. Such small things can make a huge difference in your career.