Five reasons why you might not be progressing...

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

You successfully completed a university vet degree, spent some time in practice, and now you feel like you've hit a wall. You're banding around terms like "stagnated", "frustrated", "bored", "short of money". You feel like everyone else is moving ahead at a rate of knots, and you just aren't. You look at certificates, and extra qualifications, new jobs. You just don't know what to do.⁣⠀

Here are my five top tips for those currently feeling in that position:

1) Stop comparing. You see your life 24/7, and you're comparing it to the highlights reel of someone else on social media. Your classmate might be able to complete a TPLO in 30minutes, but you might be brilliant at clinical pathology. If we were all the same, life would be dull.⁣⠀

2) Think about your goals. Write them down. Dare to have one, and use your imagination. A ship can't sail if it doesn't have a direction. Don't let that negative voice tell you all the reasons why you can't do it. Having a direction will help you make decisions. Think about your passions, what you enjoy. ⁣⠀

3) Take imperfect action. You can sit and wait all day for the perfect opportunity to arise. Explore your options. Reach out to people, ask for their input. You can watch videos and look for motivation all day, but sometimes you have to jump in and create a little yourself. ⁣⠀

4) Give yourself some credit for how far you've come already. Celebrate the wins; small and big. Every night I write down five wins for the day, try doing the same. Don't wait for that negative voice in your head to approve of what you've done, because it will always look for the next thing.⁣⠀

5) Work on being "blissfully dissatisfied". Don't have happiness on a delayed payment scheme. You can be keen to progress and happy with where you are; the two things are not mutually exclusive.⁣⠀

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