Do you know how great it feels when you actually get a good workout in and then stretch afterwards? When you actually take the time to stretch and really get your muscles loosened up after you work out? Well, that feeling can also be yours in business.
I am really excited to talk to you about what I’ve been reflecting on while living at the beach, doing some yoga, and thinking about what many people are facing in their career right now. If you are feeling stuck in your current job or in life, I want to help you change that. So, I’m going to talk to you about four practices that will help you get into a great flow in your job.
1. Get out of your comfort zone.
You have to get up off the couch, so to speak, in your job, and do something that makes you feel a little bit uncomfortable, in order to effect change. You know the saying…just do it. Just get past your fear and do it. For years, I was afraid of getting my pilot’s license because I thought I would fail, but I took the first step. I downloaded the videos to study for my pilot’s license, studied hard, and signed up to take my written test. I made it a priority to schedule time off so that I could get my in-airplane lessons done and actually get my pilot’s license. I know that’s a big ‘get out of your comfort zone’ thing, but there are less drastic efforts you can take. If you’re an introvert like me, networking may be uncomfortable for you. Make it a point to meet just two people at the next event you attend–or reach out to two people you want to know better on LinkedIn and send them a personal note.
2. Change your routine.
When it comes to getting unstuck in your job, another practice is changing your routine. This might be as simple as rearranging how you start your morning. If you work out in the evenings, what would happen if you worked out in the morning? If you open your email first thing in the morning, what would happen if you did your important thinking before you opened your inbox? Switch up that routine and see if that helps. You could also switch your physical office space around, especially if you work from home all day. Changing up your routine or environment may help you gain a different perspective.
3. Get a different perspective.
The third practice I recommend to my coaching clients who feel stuck is to get a different perspective. I did this in a major way over the last couple of years by sitting on a board that was comprised of 30 women all working at the same problem from a different perspective. We had been appointed by the Department of Transportation to look at why there are so few women in aviation and aerospace and to make recommendations. I learned a lot from listening to educators, historians, flight school operators and women who are executives at airlines, a former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, and a flightline mechanic. Getting a different perspective enabled us to broaden our thinking and the solutions that we brought to the table. How can you learn from someone who has a completely different job?
4. Don’t do this alone.
My last tip on getting unstuck is do not do this alone! When I go to a yoga class, I get deeper into a stretch than I do on my own. We all need help sometimes, and I want you to know if you are feeling lost or stuck right now, you are not alone. That’s why I’ve created this community and launched a five day challenge. I want to invite you to join this challenge and bring a couple of friends or coworkers along for the ride.
We’re not going to get into anything super personal in the videos that I send you, but I am going to ask you to do some thinking and to challenge yourself in five areas over these five days. It just takes 10 minutes a day, and I know that when you’re finished with this one week of short videos and prompts, your job will definitely be better and you will have gotten at least partially unstuck. You matter–and so does your growth. I’m hoping you’re ready for a challenge to take your life and your work to a new level. You can sign up here and share this link: https://theaviationcollective.com/5-day-challenge-signup/ with friends, family, coworkers, or anyone you believe would benefit from this free five day challenge. Are you up for the challenge?