You have been battling with yourself if it is the right thing to do. You have a good job with a good pay. You are with a prominent company. You got yourself a nice boss and kind colleagues. But you are just not happy with the kind of work you do, with where you currently are.
You have been considering to resign and find a job that is of your liking. But you are getting old and it is about time you get promoted and be financially stable, and looking for a new job would be a pain. There is no guarantee and you are afraid it won’t be worth giving up your current job. But yes, you are not getting any younger and if you do not leave now, you are afraid you might get stuck in there until it is too late. And then you’d think you might just be going through a mid-life crisis and it will just pass you by just like what you have read in an article liked or shared or posted by a friend or a page you follow in social media.
You resorted to reading career-related insights and you’ve learned about this career shifter who quit his corporate post for a job he loves and is now happy and successful, or this professional who confessed to have experienced the same struggles you currently have but did not quit, chose to stay, learned to love the job and is now happy and successful as well. And these made you lose your mind.
And so you seek for advices from your loved ones, and your mom or dad or sibling or friend told you to follow your heart and do what you want and that is exactly what you want to hear from them, but you still do not know what to do.
You keep wanting to have moments alone and weigh your thoughts but not a day is enough. Waking up to report for duty gets harder each day.
Without even realizing it, you end up in job sites and in MS Word updating your resume. You start composing resignation and application letters.
You often find yourself observing everyone at work. You came to think that they must not be happy with their jobs and they must be struggling too. That they just do not let it show, or they just really love what they do. But you just could not imagine yourself doing the same kind of work every day, and for the rest of your productive years. And you tell yourself it is a group you don’t belong to.
You are unhappy with your job and you are certain about it. But you know as well that the remark about employees being not happy with work is beyond common. It gave most the thinking that it is normal to be unhappy at work. In addition to the fact that looking for a new job is as hard, workers tend to just persevere and get through each day thinking today will be over soon and it’ll be different the next day, and this self consolation becomes habitual. Then they just end up settling to what is laid in front of them. And that is where work starts to get stressful.
To keep yourself away from a toxic work environment, be mindful of the red flags. Know when to stop, know how to quit. Do not think it is being selfish for you are actually benefiting your company if you leave with this kind of reason. You are preventing future damages from happening due to your lack of motivation to perform.
Quitting is not cowardly.
It actually takes a lot of courage to give up what is definite and embrace what is uncertain. It is a choice that oftentimes gets forgotten and ignored. Unless your circumstances forbid you to pick this option, it is okay to quit. There will be risks but their absence will not make greater difference.
If your job makes you feel dejected, and you think it’s keeping you from growing into the kind of person you want to be, if it’s not yet too late, tender your resignation and break free. Embrace the beauty of starting over and let the power of the unpredicted excite you.
It won’t be easy, but it will be worth trying.