I had been moping around the past few days bemoaning the fact that no one seemed to care about what I wanted or where I fit in the organization. Rather than complain to friends (again), I decided to ask an executive I trust about it.
He listened politely then said, “You know Mike, we can’t read your mind. You should try telling us what you want instead of assuming we know. You may be surprised.”
It was then I realized what I had been doing to solve my problem – nothing.
I was complaining to everyone except to the people who may be able to help. I assumed that, because I was unhappy, the bosses would notice and change themselves or the operation.
Don’t assume they know. Don’t assume they don’t care. (That said, they may indeed know and they may not care). But you will never find out if you don’t ask.
Take some time today to list what makes you happy. What challenges you.
When were you content? What did it feel like when you landed your present gig?
Believe me, when you figure out what you want – and take a few steps to get it – the feeling is a hundred times better than the first day of work at the best gig you ever had.
Because this time the gig is your life.