The biggest changes tend to happen when we’re sick and tired of our current situation. It may feel bad, at the moment, but without that feeling, you’d never be motivated enough to keep pushing forward and, ultimately, achieving your goals. Whatever you’re currently stagnating in, whether it’s your love life, your finances or your career goals – there are always ways to get out of the rut and start progressing.

Here is a handful of tried-and-tested methods for pushing yourself a bit extra in your career. It might take a bit of time to get there, but you’ll be so grateful for the time you spent in. Like they say; suffer the pain of discipline now or suffer the pain of regret later.

Get inspired

If you’re lacking the motivation you need to perform at work, it’s a good idea to find something that you know will inspire you. It is, of course, different for each person and what motivates your co-workers may not work for you – but you need to start somewhere. Try to watch a webinar during your lunch break on a subject you’re interested in, for example, or look for a subject that you need to know more about in your current job.

The Internet has so much to offer if you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of your time and not learning anything while simultaneously complaining about not progressing at work is kind of like starving in front of the bread box. Just hit Google, type in the subject you have in mind and get to work. Ted Talks are usually quite inspirational, by the way, and really educational as well – it’s everything you need right now.

Take an online course

While we’re on the topic of things you can do online; if you’re willing to put in a bit of extra brain effort, you should consider doing an online course. Try to decide on something that will actually benefit you at work, though, and it might be a good idea to have a chat with your boss or a senior co-worker to understand what you need to know.

If you’re interested in giving your career a serious boost, you should also think about taking a degree online. You can absolutely do this while also juggling a full-time job, so have a look around the web to learn more about your options. Among others, you’ll see a lot of great online master of arts in education or online master of business administration – both of which can put you on an entirely new career path if you need a change.  

Sometimes, what we need is to do something completely different in order to get out of a rut and that’s exactly what the Internet is so great for.

Continue learning

Lifelong learning is a real buzzword but it actually has a lot going for it. Think about all the fun ways you can continue to learn that goes beyond formal education; read up on the latest bestselling business books, connect with a more experienced coworker or former manager and ask them to be your mentor, or volunteer to be a mentor if you’ve been in your field for a while already. The effort you put into it will surely be noticed and, if it doesn’t, you’ll always have some great new skills to add to your resume.

It’s a win-win and might give you the boost you need to further your career. One thing is certain; if you don’t do anything, you won’t get where you want to be.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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