Should You Stay in Your Job? Here’s How to Know

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Sometimes you’re in a job that just isn’t fulfilling. Sure, it may offer security and “success,” but you still fantasize about quitting to pursue your passions. You shouldn’t let these thoughts linger for too long, though — it’s better to make an active decision about them.

o Start by thinking about the “have tos” that are holding you back: I have to have a steady income. I have to have the respect that comes with a job at a leading company.

o Then consider if these statements are realities, or merely assumptions, beliefs, and habits that you’re imposing on yourself. You can break any inertia by reframing the decision.

o Instead of asking yourself “What outcome do I want and how can I get there?” consider “What are the best and worst outcomes I can expect?” You may realize your current role will never allow you to pursue your dreams. That clarity may be what you need to retake control of your career path.

Adapted from “Don’t Spend Your Life Making Up Your Mind,” by Mark Chussil

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