1. Leave All Baggage Behind.
More often than not, leaving a job is akin to coming out of a bad relationship. You carry with you the scars that have been inflicted; you build stronger walls to guard yourself from the hurt that’s been knifed through you; and you recoil back to your cocoon, shielding everyone from your true self, and blocking them from getting to you. My advice? Leave it; leave all the emotional baggage behind. Don’t let preconceived notions based on previous bad experiences cloud your judgment and act as stumbling blocks to your newfound journey. Your experience will only be as good as you envision it to be, so start your journey with an open heart and mind and give it your all so at least you’ll have no regrets if things don’t turn out the way you expected them to.
2. Learn From Past Mistakes.
Remember back at your previous job when you wished you could rewind the clock and reverse all the nasty boo-boos you made — be it getting involved in vile office politics, speaking before thinking, or passing out on golden opportunities? As a bystander, you’ve also seen how others have threaded down the wrong path as well. Now here’s your chance to grow from your mistakes and make sure you don’t revisit the past and encounter déjà vu moments. If there’s anything your previous job taught you, it’s wisdom and foresight to avoid taking the same wrong path.
3. Learn And Emulate Positive Experiences.
Don’t just take away the bad experiences, remember and learn from the good ones as well. Emulate and better the positive experiences from your previous job like inspirational leadership traits from your superiors and mentors; positive work ethics and EQ skills from your colleagues; and, most importantly, learn to seek out and identify the strength in each and every individual so every personal encounter can be a gratifying takeaway for you.
4. Don’t Draw Lines.
Be it on the work or personal front, avoid drawing clear-cut lines that will only cast you out to be an inflexible and anal-retentive asshole. If more work is thrown your way, seize the opportunity to showcase your capabilities and open up the way to a shining bright start! Don’t miss out on the chance to get to know your colleagues better on a personal level either. After all, isn’t it always better to work with friends who are looking out for you? And workdays just seem to pass by faster when the people at work make you feel at home!
5. Don’t Count The Days, Make The Days Count.
I have this habit of crossing out days on my calendar to make myself feel better about the days that have passed, and so that I can look forward to — yet see, that’s the thing, I don’t know exactly what I’m looking forward to either and I guess that’s a bad way to start a new job because it makes the days seem like a chore, as though I’m counting down to new opportunities or to the end of the job. No one starts a beginning with an end in mind, so scrap that and start making the days count instead. Rather than filling your calendar pages with angry crosses, challenge yourself by filling them with noteworthy things you’ve done at your job instead. That way, when you look back on the days, you’ll be heartened by your sense of self-fulfillment and how much you’ve grown as a person.