What can you do when you’re stuck at the intersection of Walk and Don’t Walk?
The traffic sign flashes, the countdown begins: 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 ... and you have to decide. And you can’t.
Many employees feel much the same way; not knowing whether to risk crossing; change direction, or stand and wait, hoping courage will trump caution.
What’s your story? Are you in a job you no longer like (or one that no longer likes you)? Do you know what you don’t want (but aren’t sure what you want)? Are you afraid to leave what may be safe? Are you afraid to join what may be risky? Are you afraid that if you don’t take action soon, you’ll end up at that intersection with a “will work for food” sign, hoping for a handout?
Clear your mind, turn the page, and write a chapter that ends the way you want rather than ending the way you fear.
If you do, it might read like this ...
I have a job that brings out the best in me. I know what my strengths are, and I leverage them for the good of the team and the company I serve.
I know why I left my last job. What began with excitement and optimism turned into something boring and repetitive. I needed to focus on beginnings; not maintenance and certainly not endings. I needed the challenge of different, the creativity of development, and the ability to hand off what I had started to those better than I at finishing the job. I’m not a maintainer, a sustainer or a repeater. I am an initiator, a stimulator, a leader. I recognized when my job was done and it was time to move on. I found a position that offers variety and flexibility and requires the creative application of systemic innovation. It fits who I am and what I do best.
Someone else may write their chapter this way:
I’m a good match for the job I have and enjoy the challenge before me. I know what my strengths are, and I leverage them for my team and the company I serve.
I know why I left my last job. I was assigned to a big picture role that was more strategic than tactical. I thought if I applied myself and tried hard enough, I’d find my way. Had I been more honest with myself and others I’d have realized that what I do best is resolve, reframe, streamline, expedite and implement what others assign to me. I am methodical, organized, attentive to detail and committed to doing what it takes to do the job right. I’m not a strategist or a visionary. I’m a pragmatic problem solver.
Because I’m curious, open to alternative perspectives, ask for and act on constructive feedback, I know when it’s time to stay and time to leave. I know the direction I need to take.
How would you write your chapter? What’s the beginning and the ending? The ending you want? Or not?