“So if you’re tired of the same old story
Turn some pages
I’ll be here when you are ready to roll with the changes” — REO Speedwagon
Today was my last day at my current job, where I’ve worked for 11 years. Regular readers may recall that a few months ago I put it out to the universe that I wanted better work/life balance, and the universe answered with an exciting new job opportunity.
I’ve been joking around with people that leaving a job I like for another job that sounds awesome is like I have a perfectly good boyfriend that I’m happy with, but George Clooney has left Amal and professed his love for me. On the one hand…good boyfriend. Solid. Dependable. Comfortable. On the other hand…George Clooney. Handsome. Big house in Italy. Charming. And I’ve always loved George Clooney. Seriously, remember when he was on Roseanne and The Facts of Life? I’ve loved him since then. How can I say no to George Clooney?
As I made the decision to embark on this new adventure, I’ve been thinking a lot about change. As they say, the only constant is change. In the 11 years I’ve been at my current job I’ve had four bosses, six department directors, six different cubes/offices, various work assignments, and so many coworkers who came and went — non-stop change.
Really, a brand new job is just another change in my career. I like to think I’m pretty adept at dealing with change, but this is a pretty big change I’m making. In preparation I’ve been brushing up and reading about change management.
If you’re also facing some changes, here are some things you might think about:
- Be brave. I’ve had a lot of people tell me they’d never have the courage to voluntarily leave their job. As the old adage goes, nothing ventured nothing gained. Sometimes you have to take a chance.
- Reduce anxiety. If you find yourself anxious about a change, ask yourself, “what’s the worst that can happen?” Often just naming your biggest fear will deflate it. Then ask yourself, “what’s the best that can happen?” Focus on the best outcome, put that positive vibe out into the universe.
- Remember your reasons. If you are voluntarily making the change, remember the factors you considered in making the decision. If the change is not voluntary, remember why you originally came to your current job/spouse/home/etc.
- Practice good self-care. Be sure that while you’re in transition you’re eating right, sleeping, getting exercise, practicing yoga, getting outside, keeping up with your hobbies…whatever reduces stress for you.
- Use humor. Whether your change is your choice or not, there will be some snafus. Find the humor in situations. Try not to take things so seriously.
- Get support. Talk to friends, family or counselors as you navigate your new situation. Lean on others for support while you adapt.
- Be flexible. Things may be different, but that’s OK. Roll with the punches, as they say. If you find yourself getting irritable or stressed about something, ask yourself if it really matters. A little flexibility goes a long way.
- Be willing to learn new things and grow. Change often brings different expectations or new people or new tasks, embrace the opportunity to learn new things from new people. Don’t assume you already know everything, or that your way is the best.
- Don’t expect things to stay the same. When you think things will always be the same, you’re always going to be sorely disappointed.
It’s time to roll with the changes my friends. I’m going for George Clooney, and you should too.
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