The Seven W.A.R.N.I.N.G. Signs of Career Distress

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Wavering Self-Confidence

You have put pressure on yourself to succeed as defined by others, but you have never felt completely satisfied in your career choice, instead questioning the benefit you provide. After years of doing something you don't love, often with unrealistic expectations, you have a diluted sense of worth. In turn, you are uncertain about your value and cautious about finding the career you want.

Tip: Create your own definition of success that highlights your value and the contribution you bring to your organization.

According to certified executive coach and author Peter C. Diamond, midlife is supposed to be the time when we should have it all. In actuality it's more like, "My life is more complicated than I ever imagined and my career is not turning out as I had hoped. I'm at a crossroads."
Perhaps the most difficult part about finding your career in flux is that this is the time when you have the most to give. And yet, you are feeling the most vulnerable grappling with knowing if your company considers you valuable, someone who will continue to be rewarded and given challenging assignments. And whether this is consistent with how you rate your contributions and value to the company.

To dig out of your doldrums, start by bringing awareness to your current circumstances and the truths that exist. To create awareness, you have to have the ability and presence of mind to step back and see your current situation for what it is. While everyone's situation is highly personal, some common themes are consistent with what most people experience. This slideshow features what Diamond refers to as the seven W.A.R.N.I.N.G. signs of distress.

Peter C. Diamond, "The Amplify Guy," is the author of Amplify Your Career and Life: 4 Steps to Evaluate, Assess and Move Forward. He is a professionally trained, certified coach. He works with hundreds of senior-level executives and others to guide them through change, ranging from navigating career shifts and creating better work-life fulfillment to greater career and leadership enlightenment, and renewed self-respect. His corporate clients include Leo Burnett, United Airlines, National Association of Realtors, Razorfish, mcgarrybowen, Fresenius Kabi, PVS Chemicals, Human Rights Watch and Intelligentsia Coffee. For more information, please visit and connect with him on Twitter, @petercdiamond.


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