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Stalled Career? The pit.

December 22, 2015 Leave a comment

We have all been there at some point. The feeling that your sweet gig has become just another career dead end. Lifehacker offers four tips to tell when this is happening.

All good pieces of advice. However, I can’t help but to think they forgot a key one. That is the “pit.” The “pit of doom” (PoD) that lives in your stomach day everyday you go in and sometimes the day before. the PoD makes you say things, “like I would rather stick my hand in a bag of poisonous snakes than go into work today” or “I hope I get hit by bus, so I can get out of it.” Extreme, yes, but we have all been there.

The PoD kind of looks like Sarlaac from the Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Sarlacc-Pit

From time-to-time, we have the PoD, but it matters how often and how intense. Sure it could be the burrito from the food cart or the dread that you will spend the next few decades toiling on this unfulfilled venture.

Its sometimes difficult to tell if it is the PoD or just a little bit of anxiety. A few questions can help.

  1. How intense is the PoD?
  2. How frequent do I feel this way?
  3. Is there a particular thing (performance reviews, missed project deadline) that is making me feel this way?  Will it go away?

Remember to answer honestly. You know yourself…..kinda. It is sort of like being the “One” you just know.