Footsteps_morgueQuestion:

I’ve been in the same job for over 10 years. I’m feeling stagnant and stuck, and I don’t know how much room there is for growth and development in my current position. If I were to look for other opportunities to transition to something different, I’m not even sure which would be the most fruitful direction in which to apply my strengths and gifts. The security of my job is very appealing, but I don’t want more of the same in the next 10 years. How can I best fulfill more of my potential?

Answer:

Hi Tatiana,

Your situation is not at all uncommon in our present workforce.  There are many people who remain in unfulfilling jobs simply because they have found their comfort zones.  Stepping out of the comfort zone can appear so daunting and intimidating that people choose to remain.  Anne Kreamer discusses this in her book, Why Intelligent Leaps and Daring Choices are the Best Career Moves you can Make.  She says that keeping your head down and hoping only to avoid risk is the riskiest strategy of all.

Besides your income, what is preventing you from leaving right now?  Have you grown tired of the company or your daily tasks?  Based on your question, I’m assuming if you had a clear vision and plan for moving forward, you would seriously consider new opportunities.  My request for you is to take an inventory of your current skills, values and daily activities or tasks.  Also look at which of your talents are being utilized or underutilized.  Determine which of the above are most fulfilling and which ones are least.  Highlight the ones you want to do more of and scratch those you want to eliminate.  This may or may not help with your current situation but if you take the time to do a thorough job on this exercise, it will get you focused and clear about what the next step should be.  If you need help, I have a career tune-up guide you can download from my website.

Assuming you have an accurate birth time, you have an important interception in your chart.  An interception simply means that a sign appears in a house but not on a cusp.  When this occurs, the energy is internalized and intensified.  In your chart, Taurus and Scorpio are intercepted in the 10th and 4th houses.  Since your Sun and Mercury are in Taurus, they’re intercepted as well.  This particular axis points to a drive for security which for many people is about money.  Many people with this interception tend to accumulate possessions or stash away lots of money.  Your chart strongly suggests a great potential to do very well with money. However, it’s most important to fully develop your talents and work in an environment that honors your values.  That’s when you can really shine.

Your chart also suggests strong leadership potential as well as success.  If you currently work in a corporate environment, this would mean moving up the ranks to an executive level.  If you’re not already there, take a look at how you can acquire more responsibility while strengthening your leadership skills.  If you’re more drawn to small business, you may want to look at what you can do on your own.  Either way, leadership for you is also about empowering and inspiring others.

I want to leave you with one last thing.  You’re coming up on your Mars return which is a great time to start something fresh. I recommend you using this time to explore how you want to creatively show yourself to the world.  Additionally, transiting PL is transiting your 6th house cusp which suggests it is time to transform the way you work.

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Tom Chaplin

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