Last December, I was stopped at a red light on my way to work. I thought about beginning another day at my job . . . and I started to cry. I realized then that I was at a breaking point.
Recently I was on Inc.com, and I read 6 Telltale Signs You Need to Make a Big Change in Your Life by the Young Entrepreneur Council. This was my wake-up call; I needed to make some serious changes. If you’ve been considering a “reboot” for your life, check out this article. I’ll summarize their six signs here:
1. Your give-a-darn is busted.
Do you feel like you’re going through the motions, that you don’t care anymore about the work you’re doing? If it’s temporary burnout, perhaps you can find or create a new project to be excited about.
For me, finding or creating a new project didn’t work. I used to be excited about the kind of work I was doing, but now I couldn’t find any interest in it. I needed to move on to something new that I could be excited about each day.
2. You’re frustrated.
When you feel frustrated, you’re not able to make progress or succeed at something. This feeling of spinning your wheels can be annoying. This happened to me at work. I was slow to finish projects. I felt like my efforts were thwarted.
Not only was I frustrated, but my professional self-esteem gradually deteriorated. Over time, my stress and frustration turned into stomach aches, asthma flare-ups, and headaches. Frustration is not always just a mental thing.
3. You feel stuck.
It’s normal to dislike your job or any aspect of your life every once in a while. But feeling trapped is something else. Maybe you want to quit your job but you’re afraid you’ll go broke, or you don’t want to lose your employer’s health insurance.
I felt stuck for a long time because fear immobilized me. This happens to so many people. Choosing to end a relationship, quit a job, or move to a new town might not turn out for the best. Eventually, I got tired of daydreaming about the life I wanted but not doing anything about it.
4. You’re restless and tired.
5. You’re not as motivated as you used to be.
If you can’t find pleasure in what you’re doing, you won’t be motivated to do it. If this is happening several times a week, then look to see what changes you can make. If finding a new project or taking on different responsibilities doesn’t motivate you, then you probably need a more drastic change.
I knew this was a problem when I procrastinated with my work projects. When I felt unmotivated earlier in my career I worked with management to transition into a department that was a better fit for me. Unfortunately, that didn’t work, so it was time to move on.
6. You no longer feel the fire.
According to 6 Telltale Signs, we lose passion for something after we stop caring about it. Sometimes passion for a job, relationship, or activity can be rekindled. However, when that love for what you do or the person you’re with fades away, then it’s over. Honest self-reflection will tell you for sure.
What I’m doing about it
6 Telltale Signs You Need to Make a Big Change in Your Life was my wake-up call. I knew that my transition to full-time RVing would include quitting my job. After creating an exit plan, I finally took action. I gave my notice and I’ll be free in about two months. While I continue with my RV transition, I’ll do freelance work and build my online business.
It’s hard to make a significant life change, even when you know it’s necessary. It’s scary, but it can also be exciting. In the end, it’s your life. No one is going to care about it as much as you.
Do any of these telltale signs resonate with you? If so, tell your story below! And don’t forget to check out the article on Inc.com.