Is the “Better the Devil You Know Than the Devil You Don’t” Attitude Ruining Your Career?
Do you get that sickening feeling deep in your gut when the alarm goes off every morning? Do you wish you could pull the covers over your head, and not go into work?
Is your corporate development career path going nowhere?
If you are unhappy with your job, you like many others, may have a similar experience day after day. When you tell others how much you hate your job do they say, “Well, just quit?”
But there is something deep inside you that is stopping you from leaving and you don’t know how to overcome it?
Is “The Better the Devil You Know Than the Devil You Don’t” attitude ruining your corporate development career path?
Change is scary, right?
There are so many “what ifs” to take into account:
What if I’m not really that good at my job?
What if I can’t find another job?
What if I lose my job security?
What if I lose my job stability?
Is the sheer overwhelming lack of security really damaging your career prospects? If any of these questions have resonated with you, then the answer is “yes”.
Courage in the Face of Fear
Changing jobs always carries some degree of risk for every person. However, what is required is courage in the face of fear. You need to stop second-guessing yourself, embrace a new opportunity, and create a career path which is challenging, yes, but worthwhile on so many other levels.
How Do You Know If You Are Ready for Change?
Sit and close your eyes and imagine where you are now, in the same job at the same firm, for the next two, three or even five years. How do you feel?
Do you feel dread and anxiety?
Are you excited about what your future offers? No?
Are there other projects or areas that pique your interest and leave you with a sense of wanting?
Are you bored? Do you lack drive and ambition? Does your current organization have the growth, learning, and new opportunities for employees that you can take advantage of?
Are you unsure where to go to next or what to do?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then you are ready for the change.
How Can You Best Prepare for a Career Change?
It is difficult to jump and make the change, but you can and should do it. You will need to put some things into place to protect yourself, and ensure you are prepared for a new job.
Believe in yourself.
Make sure you have savings to cover the extra expenses of changing jobs.
Make sure your health insurance is current and flexible.
Be prepared to learn new routines and procedures.
Be prepared to banish all of those fears that are currently holding you back.
And, gather your courage to embrace your new life.
Our fear of uncertainty paralyzes us, preventing us from being able to pursue other career avenues. Your career is your destiny, and your choice. Why would you stay in a place where you are unappreciated and your talents not recognized?
Banish that “Better the Devil You Know Attitude”, and instead create a career you will be proud of.
And always remember:
Great managers are made. Not born.
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