One of the things I sometimes do with clients to help them put things in perspective is to have them picture a scale to weigh two options they're looking at. One example of that is the whole decision to make a change.
People often take a look at change and say, "Huh-uh. Nope. No way. Not goin' there." They know it's going to bring some degree of discomfort and, worse yet, a whole lot of the unknown.
Their current situation may be uncomfortable - they may feel frustrated, bored, stuck, even withering away - but it's a known discomfort. It's a comfortable discomfort, one they're familiar with.
When they put the change/no-change option on the scale, at first glance it may seem that the unknown discomfort of change far outweighs the known discomfort of their current work. And if they look only at a single day of their life, that might well be true.
But a single day snapshot isn't the relevant picture. What belongs on the no-change side of the scale is not just the discomfort of today, but also the cumulative weight of each and every day they are going to spend in the future having the life sucked out of them by their work.
Suddenly the impact of not making a change becomes incredibly heavy. In comparison, the momentary discomfort of making a change becomes almost feather light in comparison.
If you need to make a change, but are finding it easier just to stick with the discomfort you know, ask yourself. What is my life going to look like five years from now? Ten years from now? Is it going to get better if I don't do anything about it? Is the prospect of doing something that drains my energy each and every day for the rest of my career more scary or less scary than figuring out how to make a change?
Putting things in perspective can be a key step in allowing yourself to move forward.