The Secret to Getting Unstuck from an Unfulfilling Career

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The Secret to Getting Unstuck from an Unfulfilling Career

 

Why do so many people stay in jobs they hate?

There are a number of factors, but one of the biggest is having a “victim mentality.”

Having a victim mentality is when you believe that you are powerless to change your circumstances.

You tell yourself things like, “I can’t leave this job because I need the money” or “I can’t leave this job because I don’t know how to do anything else.”

Victim mentality keeps you trapped in jobs you hate because you think you have no other choice.

The secret to breaking free from a victim mentality and taking control of your life is to understand how your brain works.

Your brain has two main parts: the limbic brain and the prefrontal cortex.  

The limbic brain is responsible for your emotions, while the prefrontal cortex is responsible for your thought processes. 

When you’re in a job you hate, most likely your emotional brain (the limbic brain) is in control. You’re driven by fear, anxiety, and stress.  

As a result, you make decisions based on how you feel in the moment, not on what’s best for you in the long term. 

You need to take control of your thoughts and emotions. This is where the prefrontal cortex comes in. The prefrontal cortex is the part of your brain that’s responsible for logic and reasoning. 

When you’re making decisions with your prefrontal cortex, you’re able to think about what’s best for you in the long term. You’re not driven by your emotions, so you’re able to make decisions that are in your best interest, not just in the moment. 

Understanding this relationship shows you how internal and external experiences mold the way your brain is shaped.  

There is now a growing body of evidence from neuroscience that mindset actually changes the structure and function of your brain.  

In other words, your mindset is not just a state of mind, but it is also a physical reality. 

If your brain is dominated by fear, anxiety, and stress the limbic brain is overdeveloped and therefore larger than the logical thinking brain region. 

Your Mindset is the way you see things and the way you think about them. 

Therefore, your brain’s architecture (how your brain developed) informs all your thoughts, beliefs, and habits that determine your mindset. 

Your mindset matters because it shapes your behavior and how you interact with the world. It impacts everything from your approach to learning new things to the way you handle setbacks and criticism. 

Having this understanding puts you in the driver’s seat and allows you to direct the way you live your life.  

It is the key to becoming permanently unstuck and gaining clarity on the decisions you want to make. 

You CAN reprogram your mind to work in your favor, which means you can rewire your brain to make better decisions by intentionally making conscious choices with your smart brain (prefrontal cortex) instead of your emotional brain (limbic). 

Change Your Mind to Get Unstuck! 

You need awareness of the mindset you bring to challenges and setbacks.  

Are you someone who immediately sees problems as insurmountable hurdles?  

Or do you see them as opportunities for growth and learning? 

Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset 

A fixed mindset is a belief that your abilities and traits are fixed and cannot be changed. This way of thinking can lead you to give up easily, as you believe that there is no point in trying to improve if you are not naturally good at something. 

A growth mindset, on the other hand, is the belief that your abilities and traits can be developed through effort, good teaching, and persistent practice. This mindset orientation leads to a love of learning and a willingness to persevere through setbacks. 

Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? 

Read the following statements and decide which ones you agree with most: 

In Part 2 we will explore ways to hack your mindset and change the way you think about yourself and the world. 

 

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