Your intuition is telling you something like: “I’m bored.” “I’ve mastered this.” “I want to try a different audience.” “I’ve learned all I can learn here.” Once you start thinking things like this, it’s time for you to find more challenge. See if any of this fits you:
- Challenge, quite frankly, is your life: you are on a dogged quest for continuous improvement in whatever field or industry you are in. Unapologetically relentless with yourself, your boredom and disinterest stems from pursuing activities or being in an environment that doesn’t intellectually simulate you. How does this feel to you, to not be improving? What might you be missing out on?
- Your ability to reliably and consistently get things done and support others has gotten you far, and now you’re getting restless. Maybe it’s time to talk to your superiors for some new responsibilities or changes to your role, to move on to a new organization, or to serve the community in a different way. Your sense of responsibility and strong-work ethic will serve you well as you create a new plan that allows you to feel appreciated and respected. In what area(s) would you like to grow? What would a newly invigorated you be like?
- You are not being stimulated the way that you would like to, resulting in restlessness and boredom. You love to make an impact, love to create, love to become a true master of your craft. When you have reached the point where you have become an expert, you start to get restless. How do you continue to grow and hone your craft where you are? What else can you pull from your environment and its people to continue your quest of virtuosity?
- You are doing work that you are proud of: inspiring others, sharing ideas, and feeling great about your contributions and how you are recognized. But there is something missing that is keeping you from growing. It could be time to find a new audience or environment for your work, or it might be that you have experienced a shift in values that has you wanting to go bigger…or go deeper. What is it time that you delved in to? Where is your quest for meaning and significance taking you?
Challenge doesn’t have to mean going faster, being leaner, or adding more weight. It can be a shift in environment, attitude, way of being. However you are defining the term, our work will center on getting clarity on what you truly want and developing a tangible plan and action steps to get there.