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2 Things You MUST DO BEFORE YOU QUIT YOUR JOB
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2 Things You MUST DO BEFORE YOU QUIT YOUR JOB

 
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2 Things You MUST DO BEFORE YOU QUIT YOUR JOB

Posted by in Uncategorized 12 Aug 2014

So you want a career change or to find your dream job?

 

Very often I get asked this question:  “I’ve been at my job for 10, 15 or 20 years even.  I’m no longer motivated to do the work.  Work is dull and I don’t feel like I’m being sufficiently rewarded for what I do.  My organization wants me to multi-task but at the same salary.  I spend so much time on my work and sometimes even take work back home that I have no work-life balance.  I’m seriously considering switching jobs  and looking out for something else to do.”
 

This is where you have me screaming “ARE YOU CRAZY???!!!” 

 

A common mistake that women make is linking their dissatisfaction or unhappiness to their workplace.  Well of course you will think that work is causing the unhappiness as you spend at least 8 hours of your awake hours at the workplace.  And if you count the preparation time and travel time, that’s close to 10 hours on work-related activities.  And if you bring work back home, that could go up to 12 to 14 hours!!!   And I’ve not even counted the weekends!
 

This is a common mistake women make – associating the negative emotions with work.  Very often, after a few career coaching  sessions and getting them to do a few exercises, the women will usually discover that it is not the work that is making them feel that way, but something else.  It could be that there is a strain in the marriage or relationship; or perhaps there is a change in their life circumstances like an ageing parent that needs more attention and so the priorities have shifted.

 

Going on a new job search before finding out what really is the root cause will only take away the discomfort temporarily.  Let me give you a metaphor: The pain of a toothache will go away for a while if you take a pain-killer but until you don’t fix the decay or treat the damaged root canal, the pain will come back.   
 

So what should you do?

 

Step 1:  Take a piece of paper and list down the negative emotions you are experiencing everyday.  Write down all the words to describe your feelings as you get up in the morning and get ready for work.  Then as you travel to work on the bus, train or drive, how do you feel?  As you walk into your workplace, go to your desk, switch on your computer, meet your boss, your colleagues – how are you feeling?  As you pack up and head home, what emotions are you experiencing?

 

List down all the feelings that are making you feel dissatisfies, unfulfilled or unmotivated.

 

Step 2:  As you go through this list, as yourself:  “Where else besides work do I feel this way?  What else besides work is making me feel this way?”  Look at your life – your family, your relationships, your personal development – just a few to start with.  Do these feelings also surface in these areas of your life?

 

So dear lady, if you want some clarity on what to do next, book-in for your FREE 20 minute ONLINE COACHING  and we’ll chat.

 

 

 


 

 

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