Are you Stagnating?
January 10, 2016
Dr. George Watts
The eight stages of psychosocial development is a model advanced by psychologist Erik Erikson. “Generativity” versus “Stagnation” is the seventh stage of his theory. This seventh stage occurs during middle adulthood, age 40 – 65. Generativity is defined by making your mark on the world through career; children or creating something that will outlast your lifetime. Stagnation is the failure to find your path forward. You don’t feel that you’ve contributed and feel unproductive and uninvolved.
How do people allow their career to stagnate? I think it’s because they get tired of the fight, tired of the conundrum that they find themselves in. But I have never met a person who is using their natural strengths in the right setting express regret or disappointment or “stagnate”. Stagnation happens when we are forced, because of life circumstances, to use and rely on our weakness over a long period of time. Imagine a warm extrovert having to work alone all the time. Think of introvert needing to continually market him or herself, make presentations and work a crowd. Yes, we can slog away, against our natural personality predispositions, but the sustained effort wears us down over time. We are only passionate when we believe in our personal vision and we are using our strengths. A passionate person never stagnates. One of the benefits of going through the Top Line Talent coaching program is that you learn who you are and how you can unlock your own natural abilities. Never allow yourself to stagnate. Life is meant to be happy!