I’ve quit five jobs over the course of my working years.
I’ve walked into offices, steeled myself for my boss’ reaction, and made it clear that I was moving on.
I’ve gotten pretty much every reaction you might imagine. Surprise. Cold shoulders. Enticements to stay on. Well wishes.
And I’ve felt all the feelings too. Sadness. Disappointment. Gratitude. Exhilaration.
How many times have you quit a job? How did it feel? What reaction did you get?
Quitting isn’t always the most fun experience, but the right to quit is an incredible liberty. It means that we can influence the trajectory of our lives and careers.
So today of all days I’d love for you to look at your work current situation and acknowledge that at some level you’re choosing it.
This idea is so important because it means you also have the capability to choose something different. Something better.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be covering the idea of quitting from several angles.
But just for today, I’m curious, when you imagine quitting your current job or situation, what physical sensations come up? (Just to be clear. I’m not saying to hand in your 2 weeks notice because of this thought exercise.)
But I am saying to notice your reaction.
If you get giddy, start smiling with your whole face, or notice a feeling of lightness at the idea of leaving, that’s a pretty big signal that something is off in your current work situation.
Imagining quitting is the easy part. The more challenging piece is figuring out what you’re going to do next. (Luckily, that’s our expertise!!!)
We’ll pick up there next week.
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