It’s hard to commit to something or someone you are not sure about. Whether it’s your boss, your job or your partner of the week, knowing when to stay with something or when it’s time to let it go takes a lot of courage and initiative. Pulling your job trigger may not be that easy but knowing when you are done with your current job for better or worse, is a big step in your career transition.
Pulling the job trigger means you are ready to take the next step in your career even if you don’t have another job offer in hand. It’s about knowing when to make a decision and sticking to it. So many people have a hard time making a decision and being confident enough to communicate their desires in an effective way to help them move ahead. It’s just not good enough to know what you want, but it’s important to take the necessary steps to make a decision if you have any hope of getting ahead.
You are the only one who knows when to pull the job trigger. Waiting for the “right time” or the “perfect moment” is just delaying the inevitable. Asking for help with making your decision may or may not get you where you want to go. It may not help your case if you pass the decision onto someone else. Here are a few obstacles that might prevent you from pulling your job trigger:
- Not Ready: There is never a good time to change. Procrastination is your worst enemy no matter how hard the decision is to make. Pushing yourself to make a change won’t help you move any faster towards your goals. Having a plan and sticking to it might, but at the end of the day you just have to jump and make a decision and not be afraid of the outcome.
- What If I Fail? Worrying about the outcome before you make a decision will not help you move through the process of committing to making a move or not. Everyone fails at one point in life so knowing that you will survive regardless, helps to give you the courage necessary to step out and step up in your career regardless of the consequences of your decision.
- I’m Stuck: Sometimes you can analyze your options for making a decision to death. Analysis paralysis is one way to ensure you will stay stuck no matter how much you crave a change in your career. It’s okay to deliberate your options and to weigh out your choices so long as you don’t stay stuck in the process and forget to move through to a conclusion. Making a decision once you have weighed all of your options is the way to pull your job trigger even if you are not 100% sure of your direction.
Decisions are never easy when it comes to your career, choices you have to make at work or even those that affect your personal life. But standing up and manning up to your obligations and commitment to yourself will help you gain the confidence and the necessary resolve to make any choice work no matter how difficult the decision.
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