The top 10 ways to quit your job
By Craig Nathanson - The Vocational Coach
# 1 Figure out why you should quit in the first place
That’s right. If you find joy, passion and meaning in
your work, there is no reason to quit. Sadly, this isn’t
the case for many of the people I meet.
Look at what is most important to you. Is your work aligned
with what you prize most in your life? If not, this is a good
reason to change now. Does your job pay the bills, but does
not feed your soul?
This is another good reason to quit. Do you find it hard to
drag yourself out of bed in the morning? Yet another reason
# 2 Find new authentic ways to earn what you need
How can you earn income working at activities that seem like
a better alignment of your abilities and your interests? What
work can you do that will last a lifetime? What kind of work
gives you the most passion and joy? What work excites you? What
work helps you live with integrity and is the most natural expression
of who you are?
# 3 Stop fooling yourself
I have heard all the excuses: the work is unfulfilling, but
I have a family to support; I have bills to pay; doing what
I love isn’t realistic or practical; I have been doing
this job too long to quit now.
The better question to ask is: “How could I support my
family and pay my bills by doing work that feeds my soul, and
that I love to do?”
What a concept!
You’ll appreciate your family even more. Even paying your
bills won’t seem so bad.
# 4 Uncross your arms
Stop being so negative! The more reasons you create to explain
why you can’t make your dreams come true, the more you’ll
believe what’s NOT possible in your life. As a result,
you’ll simply drag yourself back to that office for more
useless paperwork, meetings, performance reviews, too many emails
and worst of all—those office birthday celebrations!
# 5 Don’t EVER give up
Brain synapses work in a powerful way. You think a thought
in your mind, and you can’t help but to think of a similar
thought. So as you think of a new possibility in your work—doing
what you love—you think of a solution you never considered
before. Be careful what you think; the opposite is also true.
For example, right now, do NOT think of a green door.
You are not listening to me!!
You see; to NOT think of a green door, you first have to think
of a green door!
# 6 Ask better questions
Vocational Passion takes new muscles. To help prepare, start
to ask better questions. For example, as you think about your
life’s work, ask yourself, “Do you realize that…?”
As your mind races for an answer, new ideas emerge.
As you think about your life right now, finish the sentences,
“I am grateful for…?” and, “Isn’t
it great that…?”
These questions will help to get new positive emotions flowing.
# 7 Build a better support network
The more time you spend around those who are stagnant in their
work lives, the more stuck you will also feel. Start now to
spend time with those people who have the same passions as you
do, and you’ll gain new energy in your life.
# 8 Rethink your definition of success
The more you measure your work and life success using external
factors such as great pay, great performance reviews, a big
office, a large staff, a happy spouse, a great job title, and
proud in-laws (the worst measure of all!), the more pressure
you’ll feel to continually raise the bar to live up to
These expectations will keep increasing, and are totally out
of your control.
# 9 Make a decision and then take action
There were three frogs sitting on three lily pads, and two
frogs decided to jump. How many frogs were left on the lily
pads? This will be the most important and most useful math lesson
you will ever learn.
#10 Treat making money, and spending what you make,
with more respect
When you work at JUST a job, you don’t really appreciate
what you make. You just want more of it, hoping it will somehow
make up for all of your unhappiness at work. You don’t
even appreciate it when you spend it. Again, you just want to
buy more stuff to make up for your unhappiness.
The good news is that when you earn money doing the work you
love, every dollar you earn and spend takes on more meaning
Quit your job- Re-join your life instead!
Jobs lead to careers, which lead to retirement, and then death.
VOCATION (doing the work that calls you) can be done forever—until
the day you stop breathing. When you are doing work that you
love, you won’t see the difference between work and play.
The only people who retire (retreat and get ready to “tire”)
are those who do not love what they do. With vocational passion
(doing the work you love), the concept of saving and or putting
off your work happiness for after retirement won’t make
sense to you any more. So when you get those AARP (retirement
fund) notices in the mail, run in the other direction!!
You can and should make better use of your life and your work
NOW. You’ll be happier, and so will the people around
you who love you.
Isn’t this enough?
As always, I’ll be cheering you on as you go- Craig Nathanson
Craig Nathanson is the author of P Is For Perfect: Your Perfect
Vocational Day and a coaching expert who works with people over
forty. Craig’s new E-book, Discover and live your passion
365 days a year is a workshop in a box designed to help busy
adults go insane with their work. Craig’s systematic approach,
the trademark "Ten P" process,’’ helps
people break free and move toward the work they love. Visit
Craig’s online community at http://www.thevocationalcoach.com
where you can take a class, get more ideas through Craig Nathanson’s
books and CD’s, get some private coaching over the phone
or read other stories of mid-life change and renewal.
Craig lives and works in Petaluma, California. His office is
located atP.O Box 2823, Petaluma Ca, 94953. You can reach him
at 707-775-4020 or at email@example.com.
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