Are you having a tough time in your career? Have you been laid off and are still looking for work? Are you overworked, stressed, and tired in your present position, and are unable to visualize a solution?

Sometimes we believe it is the economy's sole fault that we are having such a difficult and frustrating time. And, we have a long list of evidence to prove our beliefs. People around us are getting laid off or can’t find a job. Every day another upsetting story appears that reinforces our fear. We worry about our future, and wonder what will happen to us.

Each day we get more and more discouraged. And, many of you have given up. (Even if you have not admitted this to yourself yet.)

Here's something to think about: If you believe that a disappointing career is the best you can expect, it will become your reality (and your future.) Your career gets better when you make it better. It may not be easy, and you will have to overcome your fear of the unknown, but it is possible to get what you want in your career despite what is happening around you.

So, How Can You Get What You Want In Your Career? Follow These 5 Steps Below:

1. Stop Talking About What Happened (Or, What Is Happening)

Are you unable to forget the day you were laid off? Are you still upset about it? Are you still steaming inside? Yes, we all know what happened to you. (We've heard it a thousand times.) And, we understand and feel your pain. But the more you talk about the situation, the longer you will be stuck there.

2. Stop Believing You Are The Only One With Problems

No matter how dire your career may seem right now, there is someone worse off than you. What are you grateful for? Some people do not even have as much as you. Who can you help? Making a difference in other people's lives is one of the reasons we are here on this planet. Helping others will keep your mind off your troubles and allow you to feel better about yourself.

3. Stop Over Thinking Everything

Our careers are not as complicated as we make them. Is there a career goal you want to reach? Make a plan and then execute it. What stands in the way of you doing something so straightforward? Fear, worry, and a need to make sure everything will work out first? Life is not about guarantees. You do the work first, and you receive the rewards second. It is not the other way around. It's always a good idea to consider your alternatives before making a decision, but over thinking and over analyzing before you take action, will keep you from reaching your goal.

4. Stop Making Excuses

Are you a busy person? Yes. Do life and responsibilities get in the way? If you let them. It's time to tell the truth. You do not have what you want in your career. You can say an outside force distracted you, or you have been trying hard and getting nowhere, but have these sentences gotten you any closer to your goal? Maybe you haven't been ready to go after what you really want. Or, you need a new approach. Maybe you were not sure a certain direction was the one you wanted to take. Uncertainly is understandable. But uncertainly holds you back. Do not put faith in your excuses; take responsibility for creating them, so you can move forward instead.

5. Start Moving

At times you will not feel like sending out one more resume or making one more phone call. At times you will not feel like dealing with all the work and stress at your present position. Usually the one thing you do not feel like dealing with is what brings you the solution you are seeking. Nothing worthwhile is easy in the beginning. But over time, you will see results, if you start now.

Author's Bio: 

Deborah Brown-Volkman is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), veteran coach, career expert, and the President of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc., a successful career, life, and mentor coaching company that has been delivering a message of motivation, success, and personal fulfillment since 1998. She provides Career Coaching for those who want a new job, new career, or a new way to flourish in today's workplace. Deborah has been featured in a number of prestigious publications including, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Fortune Magazine. Deborah is the author of several best-selling books including Coach Yourself To A New Career, Don’t Blow It! The Right Words For The Right Job, and How To Feel Great At Work Every Day. Deborah Brown-Volkman, PCC, can be reached at