Is it normal to feel this way?
When a career coaching client comes to see me, they are often close to total burnout in their career. Something I hear over and over from my clients is a steady stream of hyper-critical self-talk, limiting beliefs (anything that starts with "I can't"), and negative, self-sabotaging behavior. My career coaching clients want happiness and fulfillment in their career but realize they need some help to get there.
Here is a partial list of things I have heard from my new clients:
- I can’t help but wonder if maybe I picked the wrong career but I’m [5, 10, 15, 20] years into it. What else could I possibly do and make the money I make now?
- I'm just punching the clock, going through the motions. Honestly, I have lost all the excitement, energy and enthusiasm I used to feel. Actually, I feel completely drained by the end of the day
- I feel like I am stagnating at work. I see other people getting promotions and want to figure out how I can ahead.
- When I was a senior in high school, I didn’t have much of a choice about going to college, even though I was clueless about what I wanted to do. Now I supposedly have the life everyone told me I wanted. But now, I feel like I was pushed into this life. I ask myself if this is really all there is, do I really want this?
- Things that used to work for me before aren’t working any more. I’m angrier and more annoyed with people and can’t handle the stress and conflicts at work like I used to.
- I put in crazy hours at work, taking on more and more projects as people leave or are laid off. Then after giving up evenings and weekends and time with my family, I get my annual review and get the rating of “Meets Expectations.”
- I feel like I’m drowning and have to figure out how to get in control again.
- Is this what burnout feels like? How can I beat burnout?