Has Work become a 4-letter word?

Feeling miserable about work can happen for so many reasons – it doesn’t have to be like that – you can change things! These 7 steps will help....

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Sep 11, 2018
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7 Steps to change it!

  •  Say it as it is

By taking stock of your situation and understanding what is, and is not, working for you, you can get really clear about why you are feeling as you do.  Action: Divide a sheet of paper in 2 and write down all the positives and negatives about your work that you can think of.

  •  Make the decision to change things

Sometimes it’s easier to stay with things as they are, afterall change can be scary or put in the “too difficult to do” pile.  Action:  Decide now that you will at least try to change things, staying still could mean another 12 months of being miserable

  • Open your mind to the possibilities

Take the blinkers off; before you start to let the little voice in your head, or the naysayers deter you.  Action: dream big, wild and wide and note down every idea about how you’d like work to be, that comes to mind.

  • Know who you are and what you have to offer

Who we are is made up of all the knowledge and skills we’ve learnt and the experiences we have encountered during our lives; this makes us all wonderfully unique.  Action:  Capture a note of everything you are proud of that has happened, everything you have achieved and any barriers/obstacles that you have overcome

  •  Explore the options

No matter what the situation, there are always choices.  Some will appeal to you others will be a definite “no, no”.  Action:  Take a look at your answers to the 2 steps above - possibilities and knowing who you are. What themes do you notice?  Can you make any links? If there were no obstacles, what changes would you like to make? 

  • Y Wait?

You could get this far and put everything away to be discovered in a few months’ time.  Can you hear yourself saying “I’ll come back to this when I have more time, …when it’s not so scary….when I have more information”  Procrastination only serves us well when it keeps us from real danger.  Action:  Commit to taking 1 small piece of action, if not today, this week!

  •  Just one step

It’s an old cliché but very true that “a journey of 1000 miles starts with just one step.” What can you do? Action:  Make the plan, or talk to someone or start some research, anything, do just one thing and start your work-life change trip – you’re already one step nearer!

If you’d like some help finding work, tackling work worries or developing your career, I can help.  I specialise in helping Mid-Life Professionals, Managers & Business Leaders find their Sanity, Confidence and Passion again


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Michelle Tranter

Career and Life Coach for Managers and Professionals, Fields of Change Ltd - Achieve More, Live More

The World of Work can often be a challenging place to be. I am a qualified Personal Development, Career and Business Coach, with significant personal experience of leadership development, HR and Operational Management roles. Having worked with clients from many sectors, I understand the often difficult and sensitive nature of the situations being faced. Specialising in working with the human inside the job title, I help you to explore what is really going on for you, who you are, what you want and how you will get there. Whether you are looking for work, facing difficult times at work/home or feeling stuck in a rut and want to "reboot", I can help. Work with me face to face or via Skype/Phone/Facetime I am a: - Featured Expert with Abintegro (the career development portal) - Associate Career Transition Coach for Hays Plc, - Recruitment and Talent Assessor for a number of companies - Associate Leadership Development Facilitator for North Lindsey College and KSL-Training. I offer one-to-one sessions, workshops, webinars and also work with teams in organisations.

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