"Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius

Confucius stated the above at a time career options were limited and careers were built on simples needs. However, as time progressed, our basic needs have been altered towards complexity and our career choices have become burdened by our limitless needs.

People approach work in one of eight ways, based on their Myers-Briggs personality
type.They are “Responders, Explorers, Expeditors, Contributors, Assimilators,
Visionaries, Analyzers” or “Enhancers.”
Considering all the above types, below are 5 simple ways you can do to re-ignite that dwindling career before the boss calls you into the cabin :

1. A Career Break: Many employees fantasize about taking off a few months – or longer to live in a foreign country, return to school, have a baby or start a business. The motivation is even stronger when things aren’t going well at work and you feel like turning your back on the daily rat race. But you have a lot to consider before making such a serious decision.

Taking an extended break from work can be one of the best things you can do for yourself. When you’re not in your daily work routine, the possibilities are limitless. You can examine your priorities and values, and decide where you want to go in life. Or, if you’re a new parent, you can spend lots of quality time with your baby, uninterrupted by the demands of a 9-to-5 job. You can further your education or even launch that business you’ve been thinking about for years.

2. Cultivate Your Curiosity: A curious mind is an active mind. Those who aren’t inquisitive rely on information they already have rather than gathering new data. As a result, their knowledge is often obsolete and incorrect. To succeed in the modern work world, you need to both seek information and synthesize it well. In fact, connecting and integrating ideas is an essential skill for a “lifelong learner.” Build your reputation as a savvy, up-to-date employee so your superiors will consider you for new projects and opportunities. Constantly update your knowledge using “the internet, libraries, association memberships, periodical publications, conferences and trade shows, courses” and other resources. When collecting data, consider the source and check its credibility. Look for possible biases and separate opinion from fact. Always try to apply what you learn to your everyday tasks.

3. Making Yourself Over: Lisa Johnson Mandell mentions the importance making yourself over in her book “Career Comeback”. Start in your closet. Discard or give away worn-out clothes and shoes. Style expert Charla Krupp recommends immediately tossing several items, including jackets with big shoulder pads, nude pantyhose, holiday sweaters, and handbags imprinted with photos of kids or dogs. Krupp also suggests picking up a black pencil skirt, black opaque tights, an up-to-date bag, a hip watch, great-fitting dark jeans and a handful of other staples to give you the look of a chic professional. Consider the style expectations of your intended work environment when adding to your wardrobe, whether it’s “business casual, creative chic or executive/corporate.” Take some revitalizing tips from top Hollywood experts: Add fatty acids and vitamins to your diet. Exfoliate your skin. Whiten your teeth. Keep your hands and hair looking healthy.

4. Ask Yourself for Directions: Everyone has a unique vision of his or her professional achievements. How you individually define success depends on your interests, talents, principles and disposition, as well as your experiences. Having a crystallized idea of your personality type will help you clarify your work preferences, so you can set career goals based on your natural inclinations. Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers expanded upon Carl Jung’s theories about personality type in creating their popular test, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). You can take an abbreviated version of this assessment to find out which personality category you fit.

Knowing your individual approach to work not only helps you set better goals, it also helps you apply these “career success strategies” more effectively. Focus on the strengths and weaknesses of your professional style as you adopt and customize each strategy to match your personality.

5. Exceed Expectations: In her book “10 Career Essentials”, Donna Dumming talks about putting your personality type to work. To advance in your career, you must not only meet expectations, but also surpass them. Begin by using good work practices, such as setting priorities, managing your time well and organizing your workload. Understand exactly what your managers expect from you so that you can reach every objective. However, establish standards for yourself that are higher than those set by your managers. Take on additional responsibilities at every opportunity and strive continually to improve, so people see you as “results oriented, productive, persistent, efficient and effective.”


Author's Bio: 

Saurov Kakoti is a Manager at Headrush Outbound (www.headrush.in), a South Asia based outdoor experiential learning company. Headrush aims to impart training to variety of different ends, by merging the engagement level of the outdoors, with the science of assessments. For its more rigorous training oriented clients, Headrush also offers Headrush Insights, its rigorous Outdoor Education modules.