When You’re Stuck in A Box That’s Too Small

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There’s a lot going on at this time of year. In many workplaces it’s year end and people are going crazy. Even in organizations whose fiscal year doesn’t end in December, it’s still a hectic time. On top of whatever is going on at work, the winter holidays are approaching. All that activity can be nerve-wracking.

At the same time, this is the perfect moment to stop and look at where you are in your life and career. A new year is coming. What has 2018 done for your life, and your career? Here are questions to ask yourself:

  1. What did I learn in 2018?
  2. What did I do for the first time in 2018?
  3. Who did I meet in 2018 that I’ll continue to spend time with next year?
  4. What did I conquer or accomplish in 2018?

Some years feel triumphant and others feel tough, or even deflating. Sometimes we get to the end of a year and realize that we don’t want another year like the one that is almost over.

You might be in the perfect spot right now, or you might be stuck in a box that’s too small.  You might be bored at work, or overworked and underpaid for what you do. You might need bigger intellectual and creative challenges.

Life puts us in situations where we have to make a move. Making changes grows our muscles, but it’s scary. It feels risky to move away from what you know, even if it’s obvious you’re tired of it.

2019 might be a huge year in your life. You might take a giant step, one you’ve been dreaming about for ages. You might spend 2019 in reinvention, reflecting and deciding where your path leads from here.  You might take small steps and learn from each of them. However you get out of the tiny box that is holding you back, just be sure you get out!

 


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