The difference between reality and your dream is action


The results of these questions will impact your life.

The results of these questions will impact your life.

I’ve been in your shoes.  You dream of the day when you can tell your boss that you are through, done, finished.  I agonized over the decision.  It took some soul searching and lots of courage.  In my last post, I talked about what needs to be done when you want to change your job.  But in this post, I want to give you some questions to answer to help you make the decision.

  1. Have a conversation with your spouse/partner.  This is number 1 because the decision will impact not only you, but your family, as well.  Discuss your feelings about your current job and why you want to change. 
  2. Are you changing careers or companies?  Is it the work you do that has you wanting to leave?  Or is the company that frustrates you?  If is the work, are there openings in other departments? 
  3. What changes are you trying to make?  Is it more money you are after? More responsibility or less?  Are you looking to shorten your commute? 
  4. What has happened in your life to need a change?  Had a baby?  Are you now an empty nester?  Do you need to cut back your hours or need to work more hours? 
  5. What do you really love doing?  Do you need more education or experience?  What would you do for free if you could?  Is it something you can do and be paid for it? 
  6. What are your values?  Has sustainability become important to you and you want to work for a “greener” company?  Has your company asked you do things that are illegal or unethical?  Do you still believe in the values your company holds?
  7. Is it really the job or is there something else bothering you?  How is your home situation?  Are you well?  Do you have any unresolved issues?

Of course, this list is only a few questions you should be asking yourself.  But I think you get it.  The decision to change jobs isn’t one that should be made lightly in this economy.  Having a strong sense of what you want and don’t want will help you immensely. 

Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”  These questions will take courage to answer honestly.  More courage will be needed to take action on your decision.  But you can do it.  You have a dream worth living.


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