By Brian McKay

Things can’t run smoothly forever. You were once in a job that excited and thrived, and now you’re trudging into work just hoping for a slice of joy in a day that otherwise promises to be more of the same old boring routine. And there you have it: your career has stalled, and it’s going nowhere fast. This can be disconcerting, worrying, even, especially if you can’t see an obvious escape route. But fear not, because there is always a way out. Follow our steps outlined below, and you’ll be on your way to having a career that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning.


Think Positive

To begin, you need to rid yourself of the negative mindset that will have crept in over the past few months. When things begin to slide, we can quite easily fall into a mindset that limits our opportunities. We begin to think, ‘well this is no fun’ when we really should be thinking, ‘this part of my life is coming to an end, what will I do next?’ More than anything else, it’s your mindset that will determine how successful your new venture will be. Believe that good things will happen, and they usually do.

What’s Your Dream Job?

Rather than thinking about how you can stop doing the job, you’re currently doing, ask yourself what the best case scenario is. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? You might not get the job easily, but with enough determination most anything is possible. You might want to set up your own company; in which case, take a look at profitable industries brought to you by and become your own boss. You might instead want to switch gears entirely and try something new. You’re never too old (or young) to follow your heart and try something new!

Switch it Up

It might be that you like your company and the industry you’re in, but that you’ve just outgrown your current position. If that sounds like you, then try and see if you can move around with your company into a new role. If you’ve been there for a while, you’ll have an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the company, and there’ll almost certainly be a new role in which you can excel. Have an open discussion with your boss: if they value your commitment to the company, there’ll help you fit into a new role.

Taking a Break

If you’re lost, it’s important not to rush into anything new. We can end up making mistakes if we don’t have a period of self-reflection before we set off in a new direction. It could be that you just need an extended break from what you’re doing, in which case you should talk to your superiors about having a period off work. Travel to a new destination and think about what you want to do next. When you come, you’ll have the energy and vision to make it a reality.