Do you feel trapped in your job? Do you feel that you want to break out and do something different? Research has shown that many people would rather do something other than what they now do, and that they feel that they are not in control of their lives. This leads to resentment of the situation and anger towards those that they blame for their situation. They want to change but feel they can't.

Realise that for things to change, you have to change. The first step in creating change is awareness of the need to change. The second step is the acceptance that things are the way they are and that you cannot change what is you can only change what may be. The third step is the acknowledgement of your responsibility to take charge of the change you want.

Often you are trapped by your own sense of incompetence. You want to leave the job you have now but you are too scared to make the move. I mean it's not that easy to get another job these days is it? If you feel that you are trapped in the job you now have, that you can't leave because your opportunities are limited then check your skills level.

How much demand is there for the services that you offer?

How many people will be competing for the same job?

Have you limited your options by not learning new skills or by failing to improve the skills that you have?

You can also improve your choices by doing what you do so well, that your services are always in demand. Whatever you do there will always be others competing for the same job. What makes you different? Why should anyone buy your services? Don't be like the applicant for a vacancy, who on enquiring what pay went with the post was told. "Oh we are a very fair company we will pay you what you are worth." "Then I can't take the job" says the applicant "I am being paid more than that where I am now"

Free yourself from a trap of your own making. Learn as much as you can about as much as you can. Learn as much as you can about your job and the jobs of those around you. Learn about your company. What are it's objectives? What are it's obstacles? How does what you do help the company achieve it's objectives and overcome the obstacles?

Do what ever you do as well and as cheerfully as you can. Choose to look for the value in what you do. Choose to add value to those around you. Choose to be passionate about what you do. Realise that your sense of significance will always be in direct proportion to your belief in the value of the contribution that you make.

Prepare yourself for the next step on your journey through life by being proud of yourself and your contribution. Don't be a victim and say “I 'have' to do this because I'm trapped by my obstacles”. Be a winner and say “I 'want' to do this because I am excited about my opportunities”, then you won't have to cry "Help I'm trapped in my job"


I am inspired by the opportunity my job gives me. I realise that it is my stepping stone to greatness and it is up to me to make the most of it.


Author's Bio: 

A professional speaker and trainer, Johan delivers exciting and empowering presentations, seminars and workshops.

Johan has the ability to make the most complicated subject easy to understand and the most sensitive subject easy to deal with.

He is the author of:
"Thoughts to live by" Vol 1 and 2 compilations of 99 specially selected inspirational and motivational messages; and
"A Practical Guide to Employee Management" a complete "do it yourself Human Resources guide.

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