Can You Give Your Job One Last Chance Before You Decide to Quit?

Did you used to like your job and suddenly you don’t enjoy it anymore? Maybe you started a new job and never got to like it?

You might be at the point when you seriously consider quitting your job. But to do what? The same job, a different job or even start your own entrepreneurial activity?

Before you hit the red button, can you pause a little bit and see if you can still craft your job into something you would enjoy and learn the most out of it?

Let me explain.

When I had challenges in my past jobs, I always externalized the problem. The problem was my boss, my job did not make sense to me, my projects were too long and I never saw the results, I could not fully leverage my skills. Well, I could complain just about anything. I still do it from time to time.

Externalizing the problem was a very natural mechanism that helped me to detach and cope with my dissatisfaction for a while. But there was one side effect, a very damaging side effect. By doing so, I felt powerless, I felt that I had no options.

My way out was to find out what I could influence myself. When I focused on changing what I could change (including my behavior), I created options for myself and I started enjoying my job much more.

What could you do practically before taking a decision to quit your job? Ask yourself a couple of questions and try to answer them with all your honesty. Maybe you will find out that quitting your current job is not really a solution. And the real solution is to cope with a certain behavioral pattern that would make your life difficult in another job as well.

  1. What is the problem? You have very little challenges at your current job, it became a routine. There might be another aspect involved like for example working in the market you don’t enjoy.
  2. What would you like instead? You would like to work on projects where you can learn new skills and you can show your capabilities.
  3. Where/what/how/who/when can you influence? Start creating options for yourself. Can you talk to your boss? Can you find out projects in the market/function you enjoy more? Can you do a side project for yourself? Formulate what you would like to do.
  4. Is it something you want to spend your effort on? What will you gain doing it? You can find out that you have absolutely no interest to invest your effort in it. In the contrary, you can find out that this is the key step for moving forward.
  5. Create a small action plan based on what you would like to do.
  6. Start doing small actions – every day, every week.
  7. You might also consider a person to discuss your progress so that you follow through and learn as you go.

The journey might take few months. However, by focusing on yourself and what you can influence, the journey will become more enjoyable. You will see that you can create options in your current job and enjoy it again. If not and you quit your job anyway, at least you have learned something about you.

 

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Lenka Grackova

Bringing more passion in any type of work. Always on the hunt to find a playful and enjoyable way to create and embrace change, develop new skills and discover oneself through challenges.

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