Do the robot reboot

It's easy to reboot, refresh, rework old ideas when it seems like you've hit a dead end. Maybe you've been laid off or you are starting a new phase in your life. Or maybe you feel stuck or trapped.  But what if you're steadily moving along with your career and just want to see what else is out there? An article in today's Wall Street Journal shares three ways to reboot your career- specifically after you've lost your job. Without further ado...

1. Become a student of the process. This is perhaps my favorite. Yes, I realize it's the first point, but it's still my favorite. (I love learning, remember?) There is always something you can learn, whether it's how to create an engaging LinkedIn profile or the latest trends in your field. If you're loving where you are, this is great because you'll be even more engaged in your projects. If you're not loving it, then see what else is out there. Read books, take notes, observe how people you admire get things done.

2. Set realistic expectations of yourself. Okay, this is a pretty great suggestion. When I signed up for my water color class I had visions of my work being shown at exclusive galleries all across the country. And then I came back down to reality. Let's face it, I haven't picked up a paintbrush since grade school. And I think those pages were lost. Right? Will that take the fun out of it? Nope. But let's say the stakes are higher. Like making rent or eating. Am I suggesting you not apply to your dream job... the job where you only meet one requirement? No way! Apply! But also check out that job you are qualified for. Develop your skills and THEN reapply for your dream job (or create your own).

3. Don't go it alone. Seriously. There are a plethora of people and resources who want to help you succeed at what you want to do. Use them. (Pro tip: one of them is right here. Hello!)

Is there anything else you'd suggest? What worked for you? Let me know in the comments!