Are you feeling stuck in your career, or not feeling enthusiastic or fulfilled? Here are a few tips to consider to get that spark back!
1. Start taking care of yourself by developing healthy habits. Nutrition, stress and sleep for starters. We know as health care providers what healthy nutrition should look like in our lives, if not we should. We are constantly under pressure to manage schedules, work, family, commuting, meetings, trying to exercise, social gatherings etc, it is daunting and a struggle, I get it. Just remember YOU are your greatest asset. Take some time everyday, just a few minutes to breath, be aware, be grateful for what you have and envision what your perfect life would be. Start developing healthy habits, one healthy habit at a time.
2. Review your accomplishments and set new goals for the future.
It’s always a good time to take stock of where you are in your career. Are you passionate about what you are doing in your career? Are you maximizing all your talents and skills? Do you feel valued? Now is a great time to review your current situation, consider where you are now and where you want to be in the future. Set new goals and reflect on ones already established, and start tracking your progress. Setting goals are great, but you also have to have a compass to direct you where you want to go in your career. Your compass is your plan, with actionable steps that you have to take to get there. If not, you will be like a lost ship in the middle of the ocean without a chart and navigation tools.
3. Get Social
Take a new look at your online profiles and make sure they’re up-to-date and truly reflect where you are in your career. Make sure your accomplishments, skills, certifications and experience are up to date. You are your only cheer leader, be confident and don’t underestimate your talent. With your online presence you are promoting yourself, for some this may seem like bragging and make you uncomfortable, that’s normal and it’s ok. Be the best brand you can be, you are worth it!
4. Learn New Skills
Consider taking a professional development course, this is an ideal way to brush up on skills and learn about other specialties and career options without having to officially shift gears. If your goal is to advance in your current role, check out courses you can take to boost your skill set, or try something new across numerous industries. Attend a conference or workshop to gain additional competencies to increase your value and skill set.
5. Strengthen professional contacts.
Keep in touch with people in your own and related fields. Go to lunch with colleagues, attend conferences and join professional groups. Bring back information to your group, try out new techniques that can impact your department, or even give an in-service on something you’ve learned. Learn how to network.
6. Develop professional support system.
Everyone needs a board of advisors—a trusted inner circle of peers that has your best interests at heart. As you refresh and review your goals , ask yourself: when did you last speak to your mentor, coach or preceptor? Maybe it’s time to meet some new people in your profession or beyond! A strong personal board of advisors includes six types of people who will help you move forward: mentors, sponsors, connectors, close friends, point experts and coaches Sometimes it’s a challenge figuring out your next step: what do I want to do next? How am I going to get there? A career coach can help you with issues like: brainstorming options for a specific career decision, helping you clarify goals, holding you accountable for executing tasks to achieve your goals, and even bringing more awareness about your thought patterns and behavior—and how well these habits serve you.
7. The “Not To Do List”
Remember what you use to love . As we grow up we tend to forget what we lost ourselves in as kids. What were the things that excited you and you could spend hours immersed in? For me, it was sports, working out, outdoor adventure. Maybe you loved climbing trees or making up songs. Maybe it was art, music or writing. Try to remember what it was that made you happiest. If childhood doesn’t offer any answers, try digging into the most recent memory of your happiest moments. Take a piece of paper and make two columns, one side is your “to do list”, the other column is your not to do list”. In your to do list write all the things that you love to do. In your “not to do list” write all the things you currently do but really dislike. Now review all the things in your “not to do list” and determine if you can just stop doing them, delegate the task, pay someone to do it, or automate it. Stop wasting time with what you hate doing and start doing the things you love. On your death-bed do you think you will say to yourself, I wish I had mowed the lawn more often, or stayed late at the office more? I don’t think so.