When you feel like your emotions are getting the better of you and the voices inside your head are screaming, “Stay in Your Job” or “Get Out Now!” you may start to feel like one of those imaginary characters in the Disney/Pixar movie “Inside Out.” It’s not that the voices in your head are keeping you up at night but it sure doesn’t help your situation any when you are not sure which character in your head you should be paying any attention to?
Your job like any relationship in your life needs time and attention if you want it to last. There are times when you love the job you are in and other times when you think counseling will not even patch this bad relationship. You are giving it your all but unfortunately there are too many players in the room telling you what you need to do and how you need to behave. Getting a divorce may be inevitable but you’d like to give it one more shot even if it were for the sake of the benefits. When you are feeling inside out and you have nowhere to turn, here are a few things to remember before you give it up for good:
- Was It Ever Good? If you can recall a time in your job where you could not get to work fast enough and were the first to raise your hand when a new project was being assigned or the first thought of when you woke up was what new idea you could bring to the table then you knew you were in the right place. Instead, if you are waking to a knot in your stomach and you hit the snooze button just one more time, maybe it’s time to rethink your next move. No point in trying to rekindle a cold, wet flame.
- How Does Your Job Make You Feel? Just like a much anticipated first date or those feelings of butterflies when you are about to try something new, your job should still possess some of the fresh magic you experienced when you showed up for work your first day. If you ‘ve tried but have lost that loving feeling for good, then you know it’s time to revisit the past and savor the good memories and move on to make new ones.
- Are You Scared Senseless? If you wake up knowing that you will face another day in hell and cold sweats seem to take over before you can even jump in the shower, it’s time to make a change no matter how afraid of the unknown you are. Facing the reality that it’s over in your job takes a lot of courage and strength. But if you feel you’ve put in the time and you’ve done all that you can do then it’s time to move on no matter how painful.
Whether you feel inside out or outside in or upside down making a change is important to your career sanity. When your job makes you feel afraid of your own career destiny it’s time to face your fears, wipe away the tears and jump in with all you got!
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