Have you found yourself “coasting” in your job for several years?
You’ve got comfortable, know your job responsibilities inside and out, make a decent salary, and before you know it, three, five, and ten years have gone by.
If you love your job and have a career you’re proud of, then this is a great achievement. However, loving what you do and being comfortable in what you do are two very different things.
It’s easy to get comfortable in your job. After all, who doesn’t like a little stability?
But there’s a point at which being comfortable in your job can be a bad thing and work against you in your career growth. To be honest, feeling a little uncomfortable in your job can be positive —because it means you’re learning, growing, pushing yourself, and working toward something bigger.
If it’s been a while since you’ve learned anything new at your job, this could be a concern. Being stuck in the same position at your job can result in your career being stagnant.
Fulfilling work should challenge you and help you learn more skills – it’s not all about just the salary. It should refine your skills and add to your current knowledge. Your job is supposed to give you exposure and opportunities to learn more about the field you are working in.
Once you get too comfortable with your work, you eventually become complacent.
When you get too comfortable in any job or position, it can be easy for complacency to set in and for boredom to start creeping up on you. Becoming complacent is dangerous because it means you’re settling into an uninspiring work routine. You don’t care about doing or learning something new anymore, and you don’t get excited about showing off what you’re capable of either. If you don’t invest your time and energy in your work, it’s not possible for you to have a fulfilling career.
Once you become too cosy in what you do, it can become challenging to see yourself doing something else.
However, with a constantly changing job market, and that includes your current company, the job security that you’re taking for granted could be lost any minute. Employers requires you to be diligent about ongoing education and skill-building. It also means investing in yourself so that you can position yourself as an asset.
In such circumstances, it can be a challenge to find a new job, difficult to adapt to new environments or live up to new expectations.
If any of this resonates with you and you’re not sure what to do about it, then reach out and see how career coaching can really help assess and take stock of what’s working and what’s not in your working life. Discover how to create a strategy to change your ‘coasting’ career into something more fulfilling and impactful.
Working with a Career Coach can be a great way of shifting that complacency and moving into making decisions and taking action. Book a free telephone consultation here to find out more.