Is getting a new job high on your list of resolutions? Have you had enough sleepless nights, stress out days and little time for the things that matter? Have you talked yourself into and out of taking that first step for months, years? Now that we have turned the calendar into a new year you have vowed that this year is going to be different, this year is going to be better.
First you need to get clear about what different and better looks like. It may be easier to outline what specifically is not working. Is it the work load is unmanageable? Is it that the hours are endless, always requiring you to be plugged in? It is the commute that takes too much time away from your family? Is it that the work is no longer fulfilling? Is it that you no longer connect with your peers or leader?
Then outline what about your work is working well because too often these things can become overlooked during times of duress. Look at the balance between what works well and what trade offs come with that. Solidify your deal breakers, the things that moving forward will be nonnegotiable.
Now step back and look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself what are you willing to do for a better job? Often taking the first step is the hardest. Sketch out a game plan to survey options and prepare for change. Include specific tasks and timelines. Enlist others to help and support you and your plan. Remember small steady steps will show you the most progress.
Better jobs exist. More fulfilling and challenging work exists. Being able to bring your best and feel valued is possible. It starts with you taking that first step. Good luck and may this New Year help you realize a rewarding career.