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It’s not uncommon for a working professional to have slow days or days when they lack motivation and drive to complete even the simplest of tasks. A problem arises, however, when such days happen so often that they become the norm, leaving you feeling defeated and without a sense of purpose. More often than not, feeling this way is a clear indicator of something amiss in your work or personal life or both — which generally translates into an immediate need to make a change.
But how can you know for sure that how you’re feeling is not just temporary or that a radical change is really necessary? Below, these six entrepreneurs share their own insights to help give you a list of signs that it’s truly time to move on in your life.
You often feel unmotivated.
First of all, you need to figure out how often these times are occurring and if this lack of motivation is the result of not being able to find pleasure in your work, Nicole Munoz Consulting, Inc. founder and CEO Nicole Munoz believes. And if it’s happening a couple of times per week or more, you should take a deeper look at what changes you may need to make.
“It might not mean changing the work environment, but maybe having it adjusted for you,” Munoz explains. “See what you can work out with your human resources department before you jump ship.”
You’re feeling tired and restless.
“Your mood and your body can give you strong signals that you’re in a funk,” WPBeginner co-founder Syed Balkhi says. If it’s been a while since the last time you felt light and happy and you’ve been feeling tired or restless for a long time, you obviously need a change, he believes.
According to Balkhi, spending time with your loved ones can be really helpful in such situations: “It’s a good idea to connect with friends and family when you feel this way. Spending some good quality time socializing can make you feel better quickly.”
You’re feeling stuck.
One clear sign that change is necessary is if you’re feeling stuck in life and dreaming of what things could be instead of being happy where you are, thinks WPForms co-founder Jared Atchison: “I used to catch myself daydreaming of starting my own business, and that was when I knew it was time for change.”
The key, according to Atchison, is taking action as soon as you identify what’s troubling you. “The longer you stay stuck in a rut, the worse you’re going to feel as it continues. So, the sooner you deal with it, the better off you’ll be,” he says.
You feel frustrated.
“For me, to know whether I am in a funk or in need of an all-out change, I have to listen to my frustration,” Behavioral Signals CEO Rana Gujral shares of his experience.
He explains the difference by emphasizing that when in a funk, he is frustrated because he wants to break out of it and get back to work, while the feeling is more intense and runs deeper when a major change is required. “If I need to make a change, my frustration is about losing the joy in what I am doing while feeling stuck with no end in sight.”
You don’t care as much as you used to.
For many working professionals, a telltale sign of needing a significant change is no longer caring about the work they’re doing and just going through the motions every day.
“When did you last have a project or idea you were eager to start working on? If it’s been a while since you got that rush, it’s time to make a change,” Formidable Forms founder Stephanie Wells advises. “Life is about finding things you enjoy, and if you feel numb about what you want to enjoy, then it’s time to switch it up.”
You’ve lost your passion.
“You can feel it in your soul when you lose your passion,” says SeedProd LLC founder John Turner, as loss of passion is often the immediate next phase after you stop caring about what you do. To determine if you’ve truly lost your passion, self-reflection is key.
“Are you having a bad day, or is this something deeper? Think about your passion for the topic you’re covering and determine if that love is fading,” Turner recommends. “If so, you may have to readjust your schedule and find a new way to spark your passion.”
Published on: Feb 3, 2020
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New years come with a lot of old questions. Did I live the past year well? Should I do things differently this year? Am I better off spiritually, emotionally, and financially than I was last year at this time? The year 2020 brings some less frequent questions too: What will happen in the US presidential election? What impact will Brexit have? When will the Mars 2020 rover actually launch? Is the decade really ending?
Whatever questions you ask yourself, approaching a new year with honesty can be a challenge. Lots of people struggle to keep their New Year’s resolutions, and disappointment over that failure can snowball into other failures as well. It’s important to remember that you have control over your actions and behaviors. You may not be able to control much, but your attitude can determine a great deal of what you’re able to accomplish in this new year.
Here are 20 quotes to remember all the new opportunities that 2020 will bring for a fresh start towards the future of your dreams:
“New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” – Charles Lamb
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley
“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws but for potential.” – Ellen Goodman
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
“For a New Year to bring you something new, make a move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! Make a move!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
“In our perfect ways. In the ways we are beautiful. In the ways we are human. We are here. Happy New Year’s. Let’s make it ours.” – Beyoncé
“Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day.” – Michael Josephson
“New year–a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” – Alex Morritt
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” – G.K. Chesterton
“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” – Robin Sharma
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Waldo Emerson
“And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” – Vern McLellan
“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year…. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come. Goals give us direction.” – Melody Beattie
“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” – William E. Vaughan
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” – T.S. Eliot
“Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year–the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.” – Peggy Toney Horton
May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!” – Aleister Crowley
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