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Do you feel uninspired, uncreative, or ineffective at work? It’s possible that you’ve hit a plateau – a static state that typically comes after you’ve made great progress. Luckily, there are tips to help you push forward.

From finding a mentor to stepping outside of your comfort zone, here are five ways to avoid plateauing at work.

Look for learning opportunities
When you’re too comfortable with your job, it can be easy to fall into a creative slump. So to help you feel fresh and inspired, push yourself out of your comfort zone and actively seek opportunities that can teach you something you don’t already know — whether that’s learning how to use a new program, the basic skills of a related field, or how to create a professional presentation.

Accept a challenge
Have you ever turned down a project because you didn’t think you had the skills to knock it out of the park? Kiss those doubts goodbye and say “yes” to a challenge and don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way.

Find a mentor
Mentors can guide you through all sorts of professional challenges, including plateaus. Whether your mentor is an older, more experienced professional or a peer who can share a new perspective, having someone to go to for advice and guidance can make a huge difference.

Shadow a colleague
Shadowing a co-worker for an hour, an afternoon, or a day is a fun way to learn something new about your company and how things work. You might feel inspired to shake things up or get involved with new projects to help you get out of a plateau!

Do something that scares you
Just like tackling a challenge, facing your work fears is a surefire way to power past a potential plateau. Force yourself to speak at the company meeting, talk to someone you admire but feel intimidated by, or head to a networking event solo.

What has helped you push through a work slump? Let us know in the comments below!

xx, The FabFitFun Team