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Finding your career niche can be exhilarating, yes, but also exhausting. We often encounter many no’s before we get to a yes. And there are factors outside our control that thwart our well planned efforts.  I get frustrated with career advice that ignores how emotionally challenging career searching can be, so this post is uncharacteristic of what I typically write. If you’re making excuses about why you can’t propel yourself on to what’s next, this post is for you.

You say you don’t have time to look for another job? To network? To send prompt follow-up or thank you emails? You just can’t get your life organized? You say you don’t have time to work out? You just can’t wake up any earlier? You’re too tired after work? Only if you didn’t have to work you could figure out what you wanted to do? You and everyone else. You’re not that busy.

Your actions are you choice. That’s the one thing in your life you really do have complete control over. Take advantage of it.

What did you do before that hour you went to bed? Watch an hour of TV? Read a junk novel? Talk on the phone to a friend about the unbearable reality of your day-to-day mundane? Stare at the wall in an existential crisis? That was your choice.

You can fantasize about your dream job, what your future life will look like, your success. You can spend your time escaping from your reality, rolling around in its despair, or you can choose to get on with it.

It’s hard, I know. If I didn’t know I wouldn’t have the point of reference to write this post. But if you want your fantasy to become a reality the choice you don’t have is to choose to make excuses about why you’re too busy to pursue it. Get moving. You’re not that busy.

Do you have a career story to share?  We would love to hear it.  No matter where you are in your career – content or unsatisfied, settled or in transition – we want to provide a forum for you.  Contact us at bill@figuringoutfulfillment.com and margaret@figuringoutfulfillment.com.