If you’re going to jump, take a parachute
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
By Melissa J. Nixon
Have you ever thought about quitting your job? Just packing
up and walking out because you see no clear career path, you’ve had enough
dysfunction or because your dream was ready to burst out? I have — and I did.
Years ago I was well into my career, a great one at that,
when I literally walked in and turned in my two weeks' notice. The desire to
start my own coaching and training business grew so strong that I couldn’t take
not acting on it anymore.
There was nothing wrong with my career. It was one most
people would love to have. My co-workers and I would often have conversations
about how excited we would be to come back from vacation because we loved our
careers so much. I wasn’t running away from it, I was running toward the life
and destiny I knew I was supposed to live.
I would daydream about it in meetings. I couldn’t go any
length of time without talking about it with some of my closest friends. I was
ready. It was time.
But, I made a big mistake.
I took the leap without a parachute. I was jumping without a
job. I jumped without a plan. All I had was the tremendous desire and
compelling feeling to go and go now. I did exactly what most people who leave
their jobs do:
1. Wait until a time of crisis, then either make a rash move
by jumping ship, like I did, or
2. Get caught in an unexpected reorganization or downsizing.
Both experiences leave you feeling uncertain, fearful and,
at times, desperate.
I eventually rescinded my two weeks notice because my
actions where rash and I was a little fearful — okay, a lot fearful. I realized the right decision at the wrong time is still the wrong decision.
If you are ready to say goodbye to an employer who limits
your opportunities, doesn’t recognize your talent, or is simply a bad fit, I
urge you to make a plan. Ongoing career planning is something you should be
There is never going to be the exact right time to change
jobs. But taking the time to plan your next career step while you have time and
security is not only helpful, it's critical.
Melissa J. Nixon, known as "The Courage
Life Mentor," is founder of the Courageous
Life Academy, a coaching and
consulting firm specializing in helping visionary leaders, emerging c-suite
executives, CEOs and women influencers to maximize their leadership, business
and life potential. She formerly served as director of organizational
development and learning at Delhaize. She is a contributor to The Huffington
Post and Lifehack.
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