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St. Louis Post Dispatch career column

My latest career-based column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch just went live, and it’s about a topic that I encounter all the time as a Career Coach.

We seem to have a chronic condition in today’s culture where professionals ALWAYS think the grass is greener somewhere else. Below is an excerpt from the column, which you can read in full here. Let me know what you think!

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How do you know if your career is headed in the right direction?

It’s a question I am asked by Career Coaching clients all the time, usually in the context of someone who thinks the grass is (or would be) greener at another organization.

But believe me, it’s not always greener. Sometimes we mistake routine, comfort or temporary frustration at our current job as unfixable, then create a perception in our minds that “it is so much better” somewhere else. I see it all the time — people job-hopping from place to place, but encountering the same frustrations.

I think this is a trend we see across our culture right now — always looking for that next big thing, not recognizing what is positive about the present, but rather looking for future opportunities. You even see it in how we are always checking our phones and devouring social media to see what others are doing.

The point is this: While I definitely believe in keeping your eyes on the goal/destination in your career, it can be dangerous to your development if you are constantly being distracted by “what else might be out there.”

The question then becomes, how do you know if you already have a good thing going — or is your “grass is greener” mentality justified? I have identified three career conditions that indicate you should stay focused on the career you presently have, and live fully in the moment.

Read the rest of the column here.