I remember all too well the time in my life where I believed that the role I was in was the best that I could do. There was no point in hoping or wishing to do something different and to do so would be ungrateful for what I already had. It was that internal guilt mixed with fear that kept me settling for less than what I deserved for years.

I stayed stuck in a role that didn’t align with my values, talents or strengths and I went home drained, frustrated and stressed everyday. My children suffered because they didn’t have the mom they deserved. My finances suffered for it because I wasn’t earning at the level of my true potential and my future employer suffered because they didn’t have me in the role that I was best suited for where I could be a superior performer, getting the results they desperately needed.

My wake up call led me on a journey of changing all of that. I started with working mon my thinking and beliefs. Next I got clear on what I wanted, my talents and my strengths. Then, I developed new skills and leveraged existing skills to pursue the new direction I had chosen. As a result, I transformed my career and have become a certified trainer, career coach and talent development practitioner.

I encourage you to take a step back and evaluate where you are if you are unhappy in your career. If you feel stuck and dissatisfied, one of these reasons may be the culprit:

  • Career misalignment– Perhaps you are doing work that isn’t aligned with your values, talents and strengths.
  • Fear and self-doubt– Often times, we are unsure where the fear and doubt comes from. It usually is rooted in our subconscious and was planted in childhood.
  • Lack of marketable skills- There are times we can’t make the moves we want in our career because we don’t have the skills to take us there. Getting clear on what skills it will take to get you where you want to be is essential to success personally and professionally.

So, what part of this post resonated with you? Are you struggling with misalignment, fear, doubt or a lack of marketable skills? I’d love to see your thoughts in the comments!

Shannon D. Smith