There have been many times where I felt like I was stuck in this unavoidable rut in life. What always had helped me in the past, was looking at things like they were short-term. Every semester in college I would count down the weeks until break and graduation. As the saying goes, “No pain, no gain.” Where I’ve always had a struggle, is when I feel this way, but there isn’t an end-date anywhere in site. So how do you get yourself out of this situation? Well, it won’t be easy. This is where you have to take a long deep breath, evaluate yourself, and decide which path of self-investment is right for you.
Getting or Furthering Your Education
I am a huge proponent of getting an education of some sort, and I also believe that not all educational programs are equal. On the other hand, I don’t think that everyone needs to go to a 4-year university in order to succeed in life. There are so many skill-based programs and schools that are incredibly effective for those of us who enjoy getting hands-on in our work. Just going to school alone builds your memory and efficiency in life’s daily tasks. I was feeling in a huge rut about a year ago, and that’s when I went back to school for 10 months to enhance my graphic design skills. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of work, but in the end it was all worth it. When it comes to obtaining your educational goals, you have to be willing to get through a stressful period of time.
Evaluating and Changing the Relationships in Your Life
There may be a person or two in your life who you love to death, but are toxic to your well-being. Or, maybe they just don’t value the same things as you do. I think most of us have been in this position at some point. Sometimes you have to break free from said friendship/relationship/coworker in order to thrive in a non-detrimental environment. Even though sticking through something can be admirable, sometimes the only way is out. I’ve seen this in my own life, as well as many others’ lives. You have to put yourself first, and if you’re making yourself miserable while trying to please others, you’ll never to be able to move forward.
Building Your Self-Confidence to Make a Positive Move
As “45” would say, this one is HUUUUGGGGEEEE. Whether you’re trying to improve your mental health or your physical health, I say go for it, because all of these changes will make a difference in your overall outlook on any given situation. You can start by practicing complimenting yourself in the mirror or going to the gym more, but try to remind yourself why you rock and why you deserve respect. Not only will these daily changes make you feel better, but they’ll actually put you in a better mindset to make positive decisions in your life. These decisions can help you move forward and achieve the unimaginable.
Moving to a New Town for a Better Opportunity
Now it’s hard for me to give too much advice on this since I’ve lived in San Diego my entire life, but if you need to move to a certain location in order to succeed, you need to do it! I was looking into moving to Los Angeles not too long ago. As most people know, there is a ton of career opportunities in LA. After doing thorough research, I realized that I wasn’t ready yet. Between what was available for my experience, price of rent, and the neighborhoods I could afford to live in, I realized that my time hadn’t come yet. I personally love my hometown, but maybe further down the line LA will be within reach. If the pros outweigh the cons for you, then make that move! If you think a better opportunity will come, then wait things out and revisit the thought in the future.
We all have room to improve ourselves, but these are the areas that I find pertinent to having long-term success. By success I’m referring to both your career and your happiness. If you are stuck in that rut of going nowhere, make some adjustments like the ones I just mentioned!
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Question of the Week:
Name a time where you invested in yourself and it paid off!