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Career In a Rut? 7 Possible Reasons Why
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

After a while, many of us settle into a comfortable place at our jobs where things could be described as "not bad," but they aren't exceptionally good either.

For many, arriving here was a feat all its own but settling for being content can often leave more to be desired. People strive to have and be more than just "good." We all deserve greatness so why stop short?

If you're at a point in your career where greatness is within reach but you don't know how to get there, take a look at some of these factors that might be holding you back.

1) Your job description is enough for you.
Expectations are pretty much meaningless now. People nowadays are expected to exceed expectations. When employers think of the word "adequate," they equate that to "not good enough." Remember that employees merely capable of the bare minimum are easily replaceable. You want to prove that you can rise to challenges, and from there you'll be able to make a place for yourself in other areas.

2) Performance matters over attitude.
More truth lies in the opposite, actually. Having a bad attitude will slow you down and even take you backwards. Not having any sort of disposition can also have the same effect. In order to see progress in your career, show that you have a proactive interest in it. Employers tend to overlook complacent or indifferent employees for things like raises and interesting assignments.

3) You're focused on popularity.
It's common in the workplace for people to socialize since you want to not only get to know other people but have them get to know you, too. This becomes a problem when the chats interfere with work assignments or take up too much time. Professional maturity should never be sacrificed for the sake of appearances. You can always bond with your co-workers while maintaining your integrity.

4) You don't appreciate critical feedback.
You've heard the word before: "constructive criticism." It's an important tool for people to succeed in their careers. People that aren't aware of what they're doing wrong aren't able to address the issues and make improvements. This is where professional maturity also plays a critial factor. Those who demonstrate it best openly take critcisms from their bosses and peers and use that as fuel for doing better.

5) Multi-tasking with the wrong tasks.
Being engaged in activity that is unrelated to work is not only distracting but grounds for disciplinary actions. You're doing a disserve to yourself by negatively impacting your productivity and level of performance. There's a big difference between getting by and doing well but exhibiting this in your work is easy. If you have a hard time of keeping busy, make a long list of to-do's that will keep you busy throughout the week and add to it every day.

6) Mistake? What mistake?
Don't make the mistake of letting your handling of a minor mishap blow up. By badly managing a mistake you made you start losing credibility. Covering up or failing to acknowledge a mistake on your part badly reflects on your character. Instead, always attempt to fix things and be transparent in your actions.

7) Your work speaks for itself.
Your work is just half of it. Communication with your team is another crucial aspect of getting the credit your work deserves. Make sure that you don't get overlooked when your performance is owed recognition. If you've done something to be proud of, bring it to your bosses attention without bragging or gloating.