You have been thinking about making a change in your professional or personal life for quite a while, but you’re not exactly sure what to do next. You may not feel you’re stuck in park, but you recognize that you’re coasting. You have been driving at the exact same speed for quite a while with really no change. You’re not exactly happy with a particular situation in your personal or professional life, but you’ve reasoned with yourself and others that making a change now would be more work and trouble than it’s worth.
Sound about right?
Sounds like you’re stuck alright. You’re stuck in cruise control.
What is cruise control? It’s a never ending list of reasons to avoid change. It’s like a one way street that will go on as long as you let it.
Take a look at the list below and think about your current situation. Whether it’s related to your job, career, health, finances, or relationships, which of these do you find yourself saying?
Cruise Control Checklist
- I’m good at it.
- It’s what I know.
- Who else is going to do it?
- I’ve always done it this way.
- I’ll think about it later.
- It didn’t work the first time.
- I’m fine. It’s fine. Fine, fine, fine.
- Change is hard.
- I’ll give it another six months.
- I like things the way they are for the most part.
- I don’t want to start over.
- So much has changed this year. I can’t handle one more change.
- I’ll be at the bottom somewhere else and that puts me at risk.
- I’m not even sure if that’s what I want anyway.
- They don’t want me.
- Someone else is better.
- They keep saying things will get better. That has to be true.
- I’m going to stick around and see what happens next.
- I haven’t really tried to make my current situation better.
- Well, things really aren’t that bad.
Whether you’ve identified one or several points on this list that you find yourself saying, it really is time to think carefully about what needs to change and put a plan in place to make those changes before you become really stuck.
To keep learning, growing, and having more of what you want in your life, YOU have to be the one in the driver’s seat. There’s no other way around it.