Making a commitment is never easy. When you say “Yes” you are declaring not only your undivided intention to something or someone for the rest of your life but you are also stating that all other options are off the table! Wow, you better really know what you want when you say you are in it for the long haul! This does not only pertain to your committed personal relationships but it also plays a role in how you show up for your professional ones as well. No one wants forever-at least not anymore. The concept of staying in any relationship until the day you die is in itself a dying fad. We all would like to believe that when you say “Yes” it means forever-but let’s get real does it really?
Your job is no different. When you are committing to a career or a company or even to work for a particular boss it does not mean that you should enter the relationship lightly. Unlike walking down the aisle with your intended, your job holds no guarantees of lasting much past your orientation period. So when it comes to making the right choice understand your options and who is going to be there for you when all else fails. Next time you think about whether to leave work to be with your friends or family, here are a few things to remember and to know whether you are committing more to your job than to your spouse:
- Your spouse may wait up at night for you to come home. Your job will likely keep you up at night.
- Your spouse will kiss you goodnight. Your boss may kiss you goodbye.
- Your spouse will have your back when the going gets tough. Your job will likely stab you in the back when the going gets tough.
- You can trust your spouse. You can’t always trust your co-workers.
- The coffee brewing in the kitchen is likely made just for you. The coffee in the break room was made yesterday and was intended for everyone.
- You may get a raise from your boss for your hard work. You will always get a raise from your spouse just because.
- Your spouse will pick the kids up from work. Your work will make you choose between the job and the kids.
- You can sit at the head of the table at dinner. You will fight for your place at the table at work.
- You will be called a breadwinner at home. You may be called ungrateful at work.
- At the end of the day you come home to your loved ones. At the end of the day you know more work will be waiting for you tomorrow.
So the next time you want to compare your level of commitment to your job vs. your personal committed relationships, think about who will really be there for you at the end of the day? You know you have choices but if you had to choose which would it be? Your job may come and go but your family and friends usually last forever.
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