When you know it’s time to move on from your current job how prepared are you? Are you ready for the changes you know are inevitable whether leaving your job is your choice or that of your company? It does not matter whether you are dying to leave or are being forced out by a layoff, new boss, reorganization, or job performance, consciously uncoupling from your position means that you are mentally, physically and emotionally prepared to make the break no matter what the circumstance.
Just like the end of any relationship, knowing what your options are and processing your emotions means you are taking the necessary steps to move forward in a new and exciting direction. There are a few things you need to consider before you make the break however in order to make sure you are honoring not only yourself but also the process of making the change itself.
In order to consciously uncouple from your job here are a few things to consider:
- Analyze It: Making a list of what you are leaving both good and bad will help you sort out the facts of the situation and help you put the move into perspective. Taking an inventory of your successes, accomplishments, likes, dislikes and areas you wish you had worked on is an important part of the analysis. This is not suppose to be an exercise in humility as much as it is a way to put your job in perspective and learn from your successes as well as your mistakes.
- It’s Not Personal: Honoring your emotions during a process of change is not always an easy task. Wondering where you went wrong or what you could have done different does not serve to help you power through the feelings you may have during your job change. Keeping your emotions in perspective means you are not pointing blame on anyone including yourself and you are managing to objectively look at yourself without making it personal.
- Let’s Get Physical: Sometimes the best way to process emotions, pent up frustrations and moving through any level of change it to physically get moving. Even if you normally exercise and are diligent about your daily routine, movement could involve more reflective work like yoga, meditation, deep breathing and stretching. The key is to allow your body to help you heal through the process of change and not to rush your movement to get through it. Allow your body to deliver the messages you need to hear when it comes to learning how to move and to process the much needed change you are experiencing.
Making a change in your job, breaking from an existing relationship and learning the necessary life skills to move forward takes time, attention and a level of self-respect that you cannot muster up over night. Going through the process of change does not mean you have to do so in the dark and blindly accept what is happening to you. You have a choice in how you want to accept what is happening to you and you don’t have to feel powerless in the process. You can and should prepare for the next step in your new job relationship whether the choice to uncouple from your job is yours or not.
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