Whatever your job situation is, we all wish for the same things. A promotion, better pay, and the right culture fit to make work feel less like ‘work.’ Whether or not you feel comfortable in your workplace is a major factor in determining job satisfaction. That said, there’s a huge difference between enjoying the work culture, and getting way too comfortable at your job.
Humans are creatures of habit. For most, there’s a natural tendency to be drawn to familiar things. While feeling comfortable is a good thing, there are specific instances in life where getting too comfortable is a roadblock.
Not sure if it’s time to make a career change? Here are four reasons why you DON’T want to get too comfortable at your job!
You end up feeling stuck
Getting way too comfortable at a job that’s irrelevant to your career aspirations is probably one of the worst things that could happen. What does it mean to get ‘too comfortable?’ It means that despite not having reached your career goals, you become comfortable with remaining in a stagnant position.
The thing is, a sense of fulfillment doesn’t just come from being in the ideal situation. It also comes from knowing that you’re working towards getting there. While finding comfort in your job situation isn’t a bad thing, getting too comfortable can be a serious problem. And It’s incredibly important that you’re able to make this distinction. Otherwise, you could easily wind up in a vicious cycle where you’re unfulfilled, but you’re content enough to let things stay that way
You don’t see opportunities for personal growth
While there’s really no universal definition of success, one thing’s for certain: stepping out of your comfort zone helps you grow. Getting too comfortable at your job hinders both your personal growth and professional success. It puts you in a situation where you’re doing the same thing day after day, and you cut yourself off from new experiences or opportunities to learn.
While there’s certainly not much thrill to the mundane day-to-day tasks in the workplace, you should never be bored with your work situation. If you’re hoping to achieve more in the professional realm, then it’s completely necessary for you to go beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone.Putting yourself in challenging situations is how you make any sort of growth or progression.
You stop striving for success
You know that eager feeling you get when you land a new job? It’s pretty typical to show up to a new job with the best version of yourself, up until you’ve gotten accustomed to a certain pace and you’ve got a routine going.
But here’s the thing – while it’s inevitable that being on your A-game becomes less of a priority when you’ve been at a job for a period of time, it’s never okay to allow yourself to get too comfortable with doing the bare minimum. Not just for your employer’s sake, but for your own.
Your dreams feel unattainable
It’s important to have dreams. Your dreams will guide you in creating a set of smaller goals that you can focus on achieving. If you allow yourself to become content with not moving forward, it’s easy to lose sight of where you actually want to go. Getting comfortable in a job that’s not bringing you any closer to your professional goals will only make your dreams seem more unattainable.
The truth is, if you get too comfortable with being stagnant, then your dreams are unattainable. Often, we see people who even go as far as to make excusesreasons to justify why remaining in a stagnant situation is what’s best for them. And it’s easy to forget that there can be better options out there.
Ask yourself the important questions
Ultimately, getting too comfortable with a job situation that’s really not bringing you any closer to your career goals can hinder and stunt your ambitions. Finding a fulfilling career does not mean you have to compromise your comfort and stability, but just be mindful of your everyday routine and pay attention to how you feel, personally and professionally!
Ask yourself important questions to bring clarity to your situation.What are your professional goals? Is your current job situation helping you get any closer to where you eventually want to end up? And are you doing just enough to get by, or does your job actually provide you with opportunities to develop yourself?
Whatever your current situation is, understand that a sense of fulfillment doesn’t just come from reaching your goals. It also comes from being in a place where you are actively working towards your end goal and you can feel yourself making progress. The main takeaway? Know what your professional goals are and keep up the momentum to bridge the gap between your dreams and reality!