What to do when you’re feeling stagnant in your career?

At GUVU, we’re firm believers in the fact that nothing in life is stagnant. You’re either growing or you’re dying. It’s just like the time value of money. As time goes on, your money isn’t what it once was (thanks to inflation). It’s worth less. If you’re not actively doing something to grow it, it’ll eventually deplete. The same applies to you and your life. If you’re not progressing in your career, what should you do? We have 3 tips for your consideration.

1. Redefine how you measure success

We admit, our younger selves perhaps wouldn’t have understood that there are other facets to life apart from our career. But it’s important we remind ourselves there are so many other measures of success. For example, is your career stagnant because you have some other incredible projects going on simultaneously. For example, maybe you have a side hustle: you’re training for a marathon, getting married, learning a musical instrument, learning a language, having a baby or planning exciting travels. All of these other things are also riches, enriching your life with passion, colour, community and spontaneity.

Remember, despite what social media pushes down your throat daily, your value is not based on your bank account, status or number of followers. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and remember that life is for living.

Maybe you have no other projects at the same time, no judgement here, we’ve been there. We hear you screaming, “I work every minute of every day, how would I even find the time?!” But you're still stagnant? Don’t fret, this can happen.

In this case, we have two other suggestions for you.

2. Remember, good things take time

Have you always been super impatient? Who doesn’t want everything yesterday. Rather than thinking of that as a flaw, see that as a strength. Doesn’t every type A person have this inner drive where they expect everything asap, hence why they’re so successful with most things they apply themselves to. The thing is though, we must remind ourselves of that metaphor. You know, the one where you put a frog in tepid water and slowly increase the temperature and the frog doesn’t realise he’s boiling to death. Essentially, the point being, it’s extremely difficult to tell when gradual changes become monumental and cause significant change. So sometimes you’re doing all the right things and it’s taking its sweet time. But you just need to keep at it. The only wrong thing you can do is to stop. Consistency is key.

3. Brainstorm

If this is the career you truly want, figure out other ways you can add value to the job you are doing. At the end of the day, being of service to others is the key to fast growth. Becoming indispensable. Now that doesn’t mean you withhold information. It’s more that you’re the domain expert, go-to person. You get things done. You always bring positivity. You’re a breath of fresh air. People love to work with  you. If you feel all of the above is exhausting just thinking about then maybe it’s time to consider a career change?

Remember, you have the power to change your life as soon as you decide to do so. You’re only stagnant if you decide to stay there.