Don't Quit Your Job!

career growth strategies Nov 11, 2021

Today, I am telling you not to quit your job, just yet. Keep reading to know what your next step in your career should be. Before you decide to quit your job.

I understand the urge of wanting to quit your job, with the pretense that you need more career growth or development. I'm all for career growth and development. It's super important. But it's also super important to do it the "right way."

I see a lot of people that quit their job because they are just done. They're tired of feeling tired, they're burnt out. And the thought about going in another day literally makes them want to cry. Maybe you are crying on your way to work, and you're just done. And quitting sounds so good.

If that's you, I ask you to keep reading, before you decide if quitting is the right step for you. This post is here to help you not be in the same place again. So grab a journal, and let's get started.

Here are some questions to ask yourself, before deciding to quit your job.
Let's start with asking yourself:

  • What is currently frustrating you?
    • Is it that you're not being paid enough? That you don't feel valued at your work? Is that your work hours? Is it your boss?

And then after you write down what comes to mind, ask yourself, what exactly is frustrating you?

So for example, if you're having issues with your boss. What specifically about your boss you don't like? Is it their tone when they talk to you? Is it because they micromanage you? Is it because they aren't very supportive of you and your goals.

The more detail that you write the better idea you'll have of what it is that you DO want.

Now, what's important to realize is that these frustrations that you're having are there to help you. They're there to help us to guide us, to push us forward. Frustrations are there to motivate you to do something. Because if you weren't frustrated, then you wouldn't take any action. And you would continue to be there, at your current job. Not desiring any change. But chances are if you feel like quitting you are wanting some sort of change.

Just know that when these frustrations come up. It is because now you have a problem you need to solve. And while quitting might feel like an easy solution to the problem. What will happen, is that the next job will end up in the same place as the last one. And you'll become frustrated, not having "solved" the problem. Or the lesson at the last job. And this creates a cycle of job-hopping or finding yourselves in the wrong workplace.

So, if you take the time to reflect on these frustrations, you can avoid staying on repeat. My questions can help you decide what you really want for your career.

Now that you have your list. Look it over. And ask yourself what is it that I really want right now for my career? Do I want more money? Do I want better communication at work? Shorter days, a flexible schedule. More opportunities for career growth. More transparency, it might just be as simple as that. You might want your boss to just tell you what is going on behind the scenes.

The next question is a hard one. It's important, to be honest with yourself. Ask yourself, what am I currently doing at work to get what I want? Are you voicing your concerns constructively? Are you complaining and gossiping? Or just staying quiet and allowing the frustrations to pile on. Remember you are in control of what goes on and what happens to you. Take a moment to reflect on what you're currently doing to solve your frustration or issue.

Next, reflect on, how is that working for you? Whatever it is that you're doing or not doing about your frustrations. I'm gonna guess that it's probably not working at all. And that's why you want to quit your job like yesterday. But what's going to happen at your next job? How many times has this happened before? Stop the cycle of quitting your job and running to the next one. I want you to be moving forward towards your goals. Not running away from problems. If you're unhappy with your current job, the solution is not to run away from it.

The solution is figuring out what is frustrating you. So that you can find what you really want for your career. The only way to do this is by reflecting on what's frustrating you. And figuring out what you want for your career.

Now that you've answered those questions. Figuring out what's currently frustrating you, what is it that you want?

What are you going to do next? It's time to start making a plan on what to do next.

Make a list of what you want for your next job. If you still really want to quit your job. You may even just make a list of how you would like your current job to improve. And take your requests to your current employer. Before you roll your eyes, give it a try. What do you have to lose? This way you won't wonder if it was the right decision for you. And you'll know that you didn't act impulsively. That you've made the right decision for yourself.

In summary, don't quit your job without a plan. Don't quit your job because you're running from it. Instead, if you're leaving a job, do it going towards your next opportunity. And make sure you're not bringing your past baggage with you. So take the time to reflect and journal. Then plan your next step. And start taking action towards your career goals.

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