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Changing Jobs: Finding the Motivation to Move On


When is it time to find a new job? The fact that you are not where you want to be should be enough motivation to push forward to the place you want to be. I have lived by this quote in one way or another for most of my life. The harsh reality is that we cannot change the environment or those around us who have a detrimental influence on our lives; however when it becomes evident that we are not where we belong or in a place that feels like home (so to speak), you must take the cue that is your internal motivational radar telling you it’s time to move on to something different.

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The fact that you are not where you want to be should be enough motivation to push forward to the place you want to be. Career development professionals will tell you that a career-minded individual should always set goals to ensure forward and upward progression. Failure to do so can lead to a career stall. The inability to grow can lead to a decline in your sharpness as we are at risk for becoming lazy in our jobs. Perhaps lazy is a harsh word…how about… we eventually lose our innovation to change things for the better.

Ultimately, it’s always difficult to step outside of ourselves and leave something that is otherwise comfortable. The familiar is often far more appealing than stepping out and daring to pursue the unknown. However, at what point do we come to accept the fact that we are not happy and weigh the risks of self-preservation and remaining in a precarious day-to-day rut?

Have you recently assessed your state of happiness at work? Are you satisfied with the vision of your company? Are you content with your boss? Is he or she a fearless leader? What about his or her boss? Do you think they have your best interest and that of the company’s at heart? –Or are they focused on their career progression and their image in their bosses’ eyes? Are they a champion of your career aspirations or are they only thinking of their own? If you are in a position that has to partner with others, does your management team promote a collaborative environment or do they enable disunity and dysfunction?

There’s probably 101 other questions you should ask yourself about where you are and where you are heading, but ultimately, if all answers help you to identify that you are no longer where you want to be because of so many factors, you must find the motivation to move on to bigger and better things.

Ultimately, you may have to ask yourself if you have what you need to move on but you should not be afraid to take a risk and find out what’s out there. Even if you only possess a quarter of the qualifications for the next job, do not be afraid to apply. It might surprise you to know that best qualified for the job does not always win the prize.

If you decide to embrace your motivation to take the necessary steps to move on, do not become complacent in three or four months to remain where you are if the change does not happen. Keep pressing and researching opportunities. Very rarely do opportunities show up when we are out and about knocking on doors trying to find them. Rather, they sometimes fall into our laps when we least expect it.