It happens: roles that once were energizing and satisfying become stale, frustrating and no longer fulfilling. We change, organizations change, leadership changes or our interests change and we need a new challenge. Maybe in a different seat on the same bus or on a different bus entirely. What we need to realize in this situation is that the longer we stay were we are the more frustrated we will be.
The largest factor in not being proactive in looking for a new challenge is comfort. We are comfortable with what we know even when it is no longer satisfying. Job dissatisfaction, however, is a sure sign that we are in the wrong place. And that dissatisfaction is an indication that we cannot be all that we should be in that role and perhaps in that organization.
Which raises a new issue: We were designed to be productive and use our God given gifts in a role that allows us to do so. When we settle for a role that does not fit us we compromise that opportunity. And our happiness or fulfillment.
What do we do when restless? Here are some suggestions:
- Take a good look at what you are really good at and what you are honestly not good at.
- Ask the question - what fills my tank and what depletes me?
- What kind of culture do I want to work in?
- What kind of leadership do I do best with?
- If I could design the perfect job what would it look like?(knowing that we won't get it all)
- Start looking for a position that allows you to maximize your God given gifts.
To the extent that we have the opportunity to position ourselves within our gifting we ought to pursue that goal. And we should not settle for a seat that does not fit us.