Have you ever felt a compelling urge to leave your job for the better but also had 101 reasons to stay? Even though you knew they were just excuses to delay the change there was also a lining of truth that you couldn’t ignore.
Today I want to shed some light on the top three reasons we hear at Workspired, and why these reasons aren’t enough justification to stop pursuing your passion.
I once thought indecision was the biggest thing holding people back. However, the same problem would surface with Workspired members who had successfully identified their passion through the program. Even with the implementation plan in their hand, nothing was being done. We had to ask, why?
REASON #1 – Fear of the unknown
Everyone fears the unknown. I do. You do. Your colleagues and your managers do too. It’s perfectly okay and 100% human to feel this. To be honest, fear of judgement is a big one for me; and the more deeply I care about something, the more I fear.
I’ve learnt in recent times that this negative mindset is a trap that leads to complacency. Instead of letting it take course, I practice shifting the focus of my fear towards a more productive outcome. For example, stop fearing what would happen if you changed careers and start fearing what would happen if you didn’t.
You can also ask yourself the question Zuckerberg asks his Facebook team – “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” (more Zuckerberg quotes here)
REASON #2 – Current reality is unfulfilling but comfortable
This is the flip side of reason #1. You think to yourself, I’ve made it work until this point so what’s another few years? This flawed line of reasoning is commonly paired with “Now is not the right time” or “I’ll do it after [insert event] happens”.
If humans were rational decision makers, we would all be able to recognise the sunk cost of our time in an unsatisfactory job – but that’s not how it works in real life. The longer you “stick it out” to “see if things change”, the more comfortable you will become and the harder it will be to leave.
Moral of the story – don’t delay difficult decisions. Comfortable is mediocre – try being ecstatic.
REASON #3 – Societal pressures
I think this is the big brick wall everyone hits before giving up. Family and friends are saying it’s a stupid idea. They remind you of your responsibilities and the obligations you have to your partner, your parents, your children and your friends.
Or maybe you’re blessed with a supportive network but feel that you should be earning x amount, owning investment property and the latest car model all by a certain age. You also want to one day retire comfortably and ensure all your loved ones don’t miss out on any opportunities due to limited finances.
Financial jeopardy is a legitimate concern, right?
In our experience, people often make career choices linked to what they enjoy. The position you’re in now may not be the perfect match for you, but the right one is probably a lot closer than you think. In most cases, people simply need to tweak their current role rather than make any dramatic transformations – not everyone wants to quit their corporate job to become an actor!