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Embarking on a career journey often starts with a wave of excitement, whether it’s stepping into the workforce fresh from college or diving into a job that marks the beginning of financial independence. 

The DIVA aspects of your personality and work style (Dynamic, Intriguing, Vivacious, Authentic) are often running high when you start a new career or make a career change.

This initial thrill, however, can fade into a monotonous rhythm without attention and intention, leaving you wanting a revitalization of your professional life.

Recognizing the value of your current position is the first step towards transforming your perspective. Appreciation for employment in today’s competitive landscape can encourage a sense of gratitude and open the door to seeing your job in a new light.

How to Challenge Yourself to Leave Your Professional Comfort Zone

Challenging yourself by seeking additional responsibilities can infuse your daily routine with variety and push you out of your comfort zone, providing opportunities for increased personal and professional growth.

Embracing continuous learning and seizing every opportunity for skill development can not only catch the eye of higher-ups but also equip you with valuable tools for future endeavors.

Venturing into a new department can further disrupt the monotony, offering a fresh environment and new colleagues to collaborate with. Before making such a move, it’s wise to consult with your current manager to navigate the potential transition smoothly.

Next-Level Steps to Consider

Even with the initial changes and self-analysis, dissatisfaction can persist, and that might signal a need for a more in-depth or significant change.

Before leaping into a new role, it’s important to take time for introspection and to develop a clear understanding of the root causes of your restlessness, ensuring you’re not simply trading one routine for another.

The process of reigniting passion in your career can be made easier by embracing gratitude, seeking new challenges, implementing a plan for continuous learning and skill improvement, exploring internal transfers, and carefully considering all possible changes while maintaining a constructive outlook on your professional journey.

Journal Prompts to Analyze Your Current Work Environment

Use one or more of these prompts to start or deepen your personal journaling practice. Give yourself time to think about what the prompt brings up for you and explore your feelings on paper. If you need a journal, click HERE to see our available journals.

  1. What aspects of my current job am I genuinely grateful for, and how do they contribute to my overall well-being?
  2. In what ways can I step out of my comfort zone at work to introduce more variety into my routine?
  3. How can I actively seek out learning opportunities within my organization, and what skills do I wish to acquire?
  4. What steps can I take to become more involved in a different department, and how will this move benefit my career growth?
  5. Reflecting on my career path, what are the core reasons behind my desire for change, and how can I ensure my next move aligns with my long-term goals?

Affirmations to Improve your Mindset about your Career

Read the set of related affirmations below aloud. It’s important to your conscious and subconscious mind to hear the affirmations said in your own voice. Choose one or two of the affirmations from the set to start working with. You only need one or two affirmations, used consistently, to make a substantial change in your life.

Choose one affirmation that feels easy to you and choose another that generates resistance or disbelief. The idea is to practice extending your current self-imposed limits and encourage growth.

Say your chosen affirmation loud enough for your mind to hear your voice saying the words and take notice of how you feel as you begin and as you continue your practice. Repeat your chosen affirmation multiple times a day for at least 30 days and reinforce your affirmation by writing it in your journal.

You can change your life by beginning an affirmation practice – using one or two favorite affirmations over the course of 30 to 60 days can permanently change your mindset and your life.

  1. I am grateful for my employment and the opportunities it presents for growth and learning.
  2. I embrace new challenges as opportunities to expand my skills and break free from routine.
  3. Continuous learning is my pathway to career advancement and personal fulfillment.
  4. I am proactive in seeking opportunities that align with my career aspirations and personal growth.
  5. I make thoughtful decisions about my career, recognizing that change is a step towards achieving my ultimate goals.

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About the Author Dianne M Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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