“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

-Steve Jobs

Do you wake up each morning feeling refreshed, motivated, and ready to take on any challenge with enthusiasm and vigor? Do you feel excited about dressing for work and find yourself smiling with anticipation as you go over your tasks for the day? If so, you’re one of the lucky individuals who are simply satisfied and happy with what they have, with emphasis on their jobs. However, if you are still struggling to decipher your purpose and unable to align your life goals with your current situation, you are not alone. You may be forced to do a job you don’t actually love for the sole purpose of bringing home a paycheck to sustain your day-to-day needs. You may have that long-standing urge to change jobs but never attempted to give in for the fear of leaving your comfort zone or thinking that doing so can cause you regrets and a disorganized future. You may have a job that pays well right now but does it provide a clear-cut direction towards the career path you are aspiring for? When is it really time to bid farewell? Below are 5 things to consider when deciding whether it’s time to let go and move on:

  1. You are persistently burned out, exhausted and drained. If you have been filing a number of sick leaves, feeling down most of the time, unable to focus, sleeping poorly, feeling a lot of negative energy and generally feeling tired and irritated, then you are definitely overworked and needs a breath of fresh air ASAP.

 

  1. Your skills, responsibilities, and tasks do not reflect you at all. If you have been doing things that do not bring pleasure to you or worst, make you feel inferior, uncomfortable and unhappy, then it’s time to reassess yourself and prepare for a way out.

 

  1. You are not properly compensated. One of our main driving forces for working is getting paid in return of the services rendered. This is not only limited to the weekly or monthly salary you ought to receive but also to other benefits like paid leaves, performance bonuses, hazard pays, clothing or transportation allowances, and the likes. If you notice that these areas are being overlooked and disregarded despite constant complaints to your bosses, then you really need to consider looking for a better company or boss.

 

  1. You do not receive any form of compliment or recognition despite all your efforts. Humans, by nature, longed to be appreciated and recognized for the things that they do. Being complimented for a task excellently done and receiving appropriate feedbacks assure us that we are doing the right things and we tend to continue doing them with increased efficiency and productivity. And that my friend, is an immense leap to our self-esteem and self-worth. If you do not have these at all, then maybe it’s about time to say goodbye.

 

  1. You cannot envision a career growth in the years to come. One of the strong retention factors of a company is its ability to enhance the skills and attributes of its employees. Isn’t it a wonderful feeling to know that your company is your partner in shaping and helping you become the best version of yourself? You are, after all, a great asset and when your potentials are fully unlocked, you and the company will both prosper. If you can’t see yourself improving, then, by all means, look for it somewhere else.

 Job and career are two different things- one is fleeting; the other is for keeps.  A job is something you do to get paid. Career is something that you want to do for the rest of your life; a vehicle that transports you to the pinnacle of success, and I’m not talking about money alone, but that euphoric feeling of achievement and significance, that happiness and contentment of doing what you really love – a time when you can finally proclaim that you made an impact and left a legacy that could last a lifetime.

Coach Margaret will provide you with goals and identify what prevents you from moving forward. Then build a foundation for creating a new life of satisfaction and service. If you would like to learn more about this, please click HERE to schedule a FREE Discovery session with Coach Margaret!

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