Should you stay or should you go?

Photo by Jeremy Beadle on

Photo by Jeremy Beadle on

The end of the calendar year is approaching. Sometimes it’s a time for reviewing your situation and reassessing your life. That brings things of important into focus. It also raises questions of loyalty, fidelity and maintaining your current arrangements. Should you stay or should you go?

Security versus success
The usual concern is the tension we feel about security and success. Do we stay with the way things are and retain the security of known income and established routines? Or, do we change, challenge ourselves and take a new path that may (or may not) lead to more success?

Practicality versus  passion
There can also be tension about choosing between practicality and passion. Do you continue with the practical career, the one you are trained for or are experienced in? Or, do you choose your passion and forge your way with new skills and knowledge to develop?

Don’t let doubts linger longer
It is suggested that such tensions should not be allowed to linger. They should be resolved, through active decision-making. That means it is time to get practical. Make a list: what are the things holding you back? What are the things that you feel you “have to” do?

Take your list and determine if these things are real. Are they assumptions? Beliefs? Habits?

Break the inertia
Break the intertia of indecision. Reframe the decision you need to make.

Ask yourself, “What outcome do I want? How can I get there? What’s missing that would make a difference?” Then, consider, “What are the best and worst outcomes I can expect?”

Perhaps your current role will never allow you to pursue your dreams. Perhaps that clarity is what you need to propel you into a state of mind needed to be proactive … to retake control of your career path.

What about you? What do you think of this approach? I would love to read your comments below.

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