Are you thinking of breaking up with your job?
Ambition and ego are a messy combination that can sometimes trap us in places we didn’t want to end up in. Assessing our relationship with our careers is crucial. For unless you have inherited a significant trust fund, the 9-5 grind can a massive source of happiness or straight-up misery. The power lies with us to make sure we get it right. Staying in working environments that cause us stress can be severely detrimental to mind, body, and soul. Studies indicate that work-related stress causes depression, heart disease, and even musculoskeletal disorders.
When our intuition pipes up or we experience signs that our inner guide is demanding attention, we may struggle with trusting our gut and we might choose to stick it out despite the stress. Moving on can be the best thing that ever happens to us. Unfortunately for many it’s the best thing that never happens to us. We can let fear, other people, a lack of self-awareness or denial prevent us from taking the steps we need to be truly happy.
Here are five questions to ask yourself if you are feeling it could be time for a career change.
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Are you bored?
A wise man once said boredom is the devil, and he had a point. When we are bored we lack passion, vitality, and drive. Not to mention the energy for life that gives us the oomph and excitement to jump out of bed in the morning. Our career can give us an abundance of this feeling. Ok, we all have the odd boring day when nothing is going on. Visualise some scales, place the days of the week you feel bored and fed up on one edge and the days you feel inspired, excited, passionate, and fulfilled on the other. If the latter is not heavier, give yourself the green light to make a change.
What would your idol do?
Be it Beyonce, Oprah, or your Great Grandmother, we all have that person we admire be it for their strength, integrity, or ability to live life on their own terms. If they were experiencing your current situation what would they do? What makes our idols inspire us a lot of the time is that they are doing what we want to do. So, by putting them in our own decision making process, it may encourage us to do just that.
Do you need to take a break?
Before we hang all the blame on our jobs, it is also important to make sure they deserve it. Is there another area of your life that is causing you unwanted stress? Before drafting your resignation it maybe a good idea to simply take a break and address any other issues that could be depriving you and not bringing you happiness. After all, however glamorous and exciting a new job may be, ultimately we have to take ourselves with us.
Are you running away from your potential?
Another icky question to confront is whether you are running away from your own potential by leaving. Is the exit the easy way out? As beautifully put by Marianne Williamson “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us and there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” Sometimes there are challenges and people we have to face right where we are and remember “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
Does the thought of staying where you are scare you more than the uncertainty of taking a leap of faith?
Perhaps once all of these questions are taken into consideration, this is the big one. Throwing in our security blankets even when they no longer serve us can be scary. Still, do not be intimidated by uncertainty. Be excited and exhilarated by a new dream and a new path. You always have and will hold the right to give yourself permission to move on. After all "you are not a tree".