I’m trying to figure out if I can stay in a job when I’m uninspired and unhappy, or if the only way to reset is to change jobs. Or is it like marriage where you can refresh your outlook without jumping ship?
— Ted, 43, engineer
Start with your inner knowledge.
Many of us have ignored that voice only to say, “I had a feeling” later when things went south. On the other hand, your voice may be suggesting options that would not serve you.
If you are thinking you should be able to make it work, try considering a few questions:
• Do I have a pattern of staying in tough situations too long, only to have to leave under unfavorable circumstances?
• Am I clear on push points that would require me to leave sooner rather than later? List the behaviors you can’t tolerate (abuse, disrespect, etc.) on a card and then honor them.