Job & Career Change: If Not Now, When?

As I’ve said before, change can act as a stumbling-block in your career progress and keep you from achieving desirable goals. Change tends to be uncomfortable, and we aren’t always as motivated and committed to it as we need to be.

This is true of job change, career change, life change. Sometimes we think we want to change, but we keep putting off taking any serious action in that direction. If you’re like most people, you can find countless reasons to postpone change until a “better time.” So what’s the problem?

Staying Stuck in Your Rut Gets “Old”

And it robs you of time–precious time you can’t retrieve once it’s gone.

Whenever you find yourself wishing you could make a change in your job or your current career field, you have basically two choices:lost time

  1. Explore what it would take to pursue that change, create a plan with that goal in mind, and start executing the plan.
  2. Be honest with yourself. Realize that your commitment level isn’t there–that you’ll still be wishing for that outcome in the future because you’re not really ready to act.

The second choice is easier in one way, harder in another. Self-honesty can be difficult to achieve and accept.

Assuming you want to give #1 a shot, what would help you get started now rather than later? If you’re discouraged by how much would be required to make the change you believe you want, you might try breaking it down into sections. Maybe you can identify shorter-term steps that would at least move you in the direction you want to go.

Encourage yourself by recognizing that being willing to change is a good start, even though it won’t propel you forward at lightning speed and won’t take you all the way to your goal.

Move or Get Run Over!

Staying in your rut not only won’t improve the situation but can also put you at risk of getting bypassed or steamroller-ed by competitors (other job seekers) who are committed to taking action NOW to achieve career success. Procrastination or wishful thinking on your part won’t shield you from that.

If your current job or career isn’t bringing you the satisfaction you want or is actively making you dissatisfied, consider what it will cost you to keep putting off the steps you need to execute to change your situation for the better. When you feel bad enough about what IS, you might be ready to change it to what COULD BE–that is, BETTER and maybe even GREAT.

"Stop dreaming start doing"As the question in the title of this post says, “If not now, when?”

Along similar lines, I read a post a few days ago that had more to do with personal (life) changes, but I think its message also applies to your job search/job change or career field redirection. “Wherever you go, there you are” by Bruce Kasanoff (referring to a book by that same title) makes the following point about change: “Now is better than then. No matter how perfect your environment, you still won’t be perfect. The sooner you recognize this, the sooner you can confront whatever stands in the way of what you want. ”

Desired change doesn’t just happen. You need to give it a push!

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