Sometimes the decision has to be – no going back!
It was around six years ago. I remember it becoming very apparent that I needed to find a new role. I could see the writing on the wall for my current post and recognised waiting for ‘dead men’s shoes’ in order to get a promotion was not a choice nor the right the decision. At the time a large amount of change was being pushed through and people were so molded by the culture of the company, all they were doing was complaining and stepping on each other. Work had become a feeding pool and we were dinner to each other. The joy had gone, instead there was distrust, pressure and a wealth of negative behaviours.
Work had become a feeding pool and we were dinner to each other.
That environment was not for me, and something inside me said you need to move. So I looked externally and recognised if I was to stand a chance I had to get the relevant training that would put me into a better position. to compete and contend in the wider market. It had been a long time since I had to apply for a job eternally and so I knew I had to get familiar with the newer way of applying for a job and get to grips with understanding what my skills were and how they were relevant to any new posts/jobs I saw, in order to reflect my competence in applying for them.
Now this may sound like standard stuff to you, but I had worked in my job for years, around 19 at the time, and in the meantime the world had changed and moved on.
One major difference I have learnt between a person who is employed oppose to someone who is an entrepreneur, self-employed, a contractor or business owner is the difference in mindsets. Most employees do not understand their worth nor the skill-sets they may have. Security and the familiarity of being in the same company for years means you don’t have to be as sharp, because you are not competing in a major pond. You do what you do. But what it takes to do what you do, you struggle to break down and articulate for a job application or in an interview. in fact, you discount things. Either not seeing them at all or failing to appreciation what it takes to do them. ‘oh its nothing.’ ‘Its just my job’ are statements that over generalise and simplify things. Things bosses and line managers can easily take for granted and you fail to value as anything significant. Its just your work ethic and a standard you work by.
However, I did what I needed to do and in the end got my dream job at the time and moved into my new post. Many were surprised and wondered how I did it. Others said I timed it perfectly. All I knew, was it had to be done. If I had stayed, my future felt like it would of died at the time.
It was the best thing I did. I learnt so much and grew as a person, way beyond what I could have achieved if I had stayed put. I knew that there was no way I could ever go back to where I was, because I was no longer the same person.
It was the best thing I did.
Often times in life when you leave something behind or step away from something in order to improve or better yourself, there simply cannot be any going back. That’s not to say things can’t go wrong, but you know within yourself your just bigger than what you left behind, and even though things may go wrong or do not work out. There simply is no going back.
The drive to move, was greater, than the challenge of change. I believe that there are times in your life that you know something more than you can articulate or explain it to others. In spite of what others may say, you know for you the answer is……….? (whatever, you fill in the blanks)
During the time I mentioned above, I simply had to move and I had to work with a specific intention that I shared with no one at the time until I needed to. Sometimes, as much as you want to, wisdom says the least people who know your plans, the better.
The drive to move, was greater, than the challenge of change.
Walking in faith, requires no explanation, just obedience. I find myself in another time of transition now, and once again, it’s about doing, as oppose to talking and sharing.
The thing is, when God is moving you into something, there is always opposition, and it can come from the closes of relationships. But if God is stretching you it’s for a reason.
Are you more than where you currently are? Do you feel its time for you to move so you can expand and grow?
Be the change you want to be, until next time.
Aquene7 = Peace