Have you ever taken a leap of faith that ended in disaster? I should see hundreds of hands raised! While my recent leap of faith hasn’t resulted in disaster as of now, by the looks of things my butt is very close to the curb. Five weeks ago I decided to move. No, not simply down the street, but move from New York to South Florida to set up a different business location. What’s not to love about that, right? The South Florida weather, more space, and being in a city where the mice don’t outnumber the people. I’m sold!
I said to myself, “If it doesn’t work out as planned, what’s the big deal? I’ll continue to operate out of my New York location and continue with business as usual.” While South Florida has been good to me, the grand plan of being disaster free went out the window shortly after the plane landed. Someone I thought would be a great partners is not. The location I was committed to turned out to be completely wrong. And last, but not least, the business budget that was sound and calculated down to the penny has been drained.
This scenario can happen when you’re moving personally or professionally. That promotion or dream company that you thought would make you happy actually doesn’t. So, what’s next? Do I pack up to go back to New York and call it a loss of time, money, and sanity? Not quite. If you are in a place in your career that didn’t pan out like you planned, pause for a moment to reevaluate the reason why you took the job in the first place.
Once I tried the frustration tears I did just that. I looked at the original plan I had when I decided to take the leap. This is what I’ve done so far:
I moved out of the location – Call it bad energy or bad juju, all I know is that I had to move. Everything that could go wrong did. From not getting along with people I usually adore to broken things that cost more to fix than their actual value, everything was just wrong. Moving was the only option. At that point, the money wasted was a non-factor and the only thing that mattered was that I was in a place I could fully operate comfortably.
Ever consider it’s the department and not the company? Sometimes, you can love the company, but hate what you do. In this case, it’s best to speak to HR or management regarding internal hiring and what positions may be open. Most companies would prefer to hire from within anyway.
I rolled up my sleeves – I am known to say, “Time is Money!” to my clients because I truly believe it. Each day you’re not employed or underemployed it’s costing you the money you could be making and the lifestyle you could have. I knew that each day I rested meant a day I couldn’t fully commit to giving each client 110%. I was not going to lose a day of business, so that meant I had to roll up my sleeves and work quickly. I packed every box myself and even made a few trips back and forth to make sure I would never come back.
If it’s your desire to move on or up, you can’t get around some good old fashioned elbow grease. Research your industry, salaries for your area, choose companies you’d like to work for, brush up on your skills with online training, and find a professional resume writer and career coach to get you going faster. All of these things play a role in your success. No one will do it for you.
I cut ties with the partner that wasn’t working – It wasn’t hard because I’ve learned the gift of good-bye, however, I had to deal with the clean-up which is never easy. I felt drained physically and emotionally due to broken promises, lack of communication, and utter confusion. I knew my goals would not survive with this person involved. When that decision was made, I began to make plans around them (without their knowledge) to make their exit seamless. I made tons of calls, emails, and took meetings. I did anything necessary to sever ties in one stroke.
Is it time for you to cut ties with the company you work for? If it is you must lay your ground work in preparation. A career strategy and overhaul will give you the confidence and push you to cut ties.
I invite you to evaluate your current professional situation and see where an overhaul is needed. You’re better than mediocre and the mundane 9-to-5 rat race that has nothing to do with what you were called to do. Even with all of the obstacles I haven’t given up and am making up for time wasted.
I’ll be catching you up on my progress and I’m excited about the upcoming products and services that will help more clients. If you’d like to discuss how to transition to where you should be professionally, contact me. I’m here to help! Remember, you fail to plan, you plan to fail.