In the current world we live in, we have more things right at our fingertips to make our life easier than ever before.
Everything from the way we shop, watch tv and movies, listen to music, digest the news, and stay connected with friends and family is so readily accessible now that it's become easy to get what we want, when we want it.
However, it doesn't quite work like that in our career paths. As great as it would be to instantly discover your ideal career and then land your dream job tomorrow, the reality is that getting to a place where we are living our career dreams takes time, effort, and lots of trial and error.
Unfortunately, because of our current culture of instant gratification, it's a lot easier to become impatient and discouraged when things don't happen on a quicker timeline than we'd like.
Impatience can lead to feeling "stuck," and when we get stuck or face an obstacle in our career, it can be tempting to look for the "quick fix." Following what may seem like the "easy way out" is often the wrong decision in the long term, and can even set you back further in your career.
Are you feeling impatient in your career? Here are a few reasons it might be holding you back:
1) It forces you to make decisions too quickly - If you're desperate for immediate change, you're probably ready to take the next job offer or opportunity that comes along, regardless of the circumstances. Although it might seem tempting to jump to something new out of desperation, you may be losing sight of what you really want in the next step of your career. Take the time to evaluate what's important to you in a new job, so instead of risking a potential wrong decision that could set you back, you can make the right decision that will help you move towards a fulfilling career.
2) You may give up on your goals too soon - It's great to set high career goals, but sometimes when we start the work towards achieving them and don't get instant feedback or results, we start to think we're doing something wrong. This can create discouragement, which can lead to calling it quits too early. Achieving goals you truly believe in takes hard work, and can happen when there's CONSISTENCY OVER TIME. If you're not careful, impatience can kill the momentum of that consistency. Know that there will be struggles along the way, but each step forward that you take will build on the last.
3) It keeps you from challenging yourself - Because things have become easy in many areas of our lives, sometimes it's hard to recognize that reaching our goals require facing more than a few challenges. If you're feeling impatient, you may be more tempted to take fewer risks and make choices that feel "safe." Taking steps towards a goal that you've never reached before requires taking risks, accepting sacrifices, and making hard choices. Sometimes taking on a challenge will actually eliminate that feeling of impatience, so if you are ready to take the next step in your career, don't ask yourself what is the easiest path ahead, but instead ask yourself "what challenge can I take on?"
Impatience can affect many areas of our careers from effectiveness at work, to job choices, to building strong professional relationships. The first step to overcoming the blocks that impatience creates is to become aware of it first. Where are you feeling impatient in your career and how is it holding you back?