Orangeville, ON (James Doan) Inertia. Even the word sounds like a disease. Inertia is resistance or disinclination to motion, action, or change. If you are stuck in a job you hate, inertia can sap your energy, drain your life of joy, and make you miserable to be around. The following 5 tips will help you make the changes necessary to bury your inertia.

1. Update your resume. Yes, you read it right. More than likely, one excuse you have is an outdated resume. Pull it out, look it over, and make the changes. Ask yourself, “Am I proud of my most recent accomplishments?”

2. Start dreaming. You may have imagined yourself working outside of your current place of employment. Now is the time to visualize what you want to do. Is it a career change? Do you want to go work for the competition? Do you want to start your own business? Write your dreams and aspirations and start investigating your options.

3. Widen your circle of friends and associates. Chances are the people you associate with are “enabling” you to stay in your miserable job. Expand your network of peers. Start spending time with new people who have fresh ideas who will not hold you back. A positive attitude will vault you forward while negativity is a certain hindrance.

4. Set concrete goals. Telling yourself, “I want to have a new job next year,” is not a concrete goal. Plan out your “exit strategy” from your current job and your “entrance strategy” into your new job. Incorporate all the steps you will need to take to get that new job. Refresh your resume. Overhaul your wardrobe. Exercise and change your diet. Consider working with a career coach.

5. Get fired. That is not a goal to aim for. But, if in the meantime you lose your job, look at it as a blessing in disguise. Sometimes we need a push in our lives to make the tough decisions we dread, or fear. You can always “fire yourself” by setting a deadline when you will leave your current job. Tell yourself now, “this job has ended,” and prepare yourself to get moving.

You have full control over your inertia and only you can decide what to do about it. It is time to move on. You know it, and you can do something about it.