If you’re like me, you’ve likely toggled with the thought of quitting a job that you’re unhappy with or staying because of convenience or any other reason that’s kept you there longer than necessary.
If you’ve been in this position, I see you.
I feel you.
I’ve been there too, more times than I’d prefer to admit.
I know firsthand how hard it can be to leave a job.
It takes courage to not only admit to yourself that maybe it’s time for a change, but to also accept it and then to act on it.
Maybe you want to leave your job because it no longer brings you the joy it once did and now leaves you feeling bored, unmotivated, or like you’re stuck in a tsunami of quicksand with no chance of escaping.
But then you think to yourself, “this job isn’t that bad; plus it pays the bills. I can stay a while longer.”
The income is decent enough, and changing jobs would be too much work. But still, there’s a part of you deep down that wants to be free.
You may be staying because you don’t have a backup plan yet, and you want to develop an exit strategy to ensure all of your ducks are in a row before leaving.
Whichever scenario best describes your situation, let’s talk about the signs that it’s time to quit your job and key reasons why you should leave your job to finally follow your passion.
How to know when it’s time to leave a job
1. You feel like you are going through the motions.
You wake up and hit snooze twice before you actually get up. Maybe you have a Type A personality and get up without hesitation with the first alarm.
Next on your To-Do list:
- Brush your teeth
- Get dressed
- Head to work
You get to work and complete the same tasks you’ve done countless times before.
They’re second nature, almost as if ingrained in you from the very beginning.
You take your lunch break for 30 minutes, an hour if you’re lucky. Then you get back to work until it’s time to clock out.
Once you clock out, you head home, eat dinner and prepare to do it all over again for four more consecutive days until finally, you get a 48-hour break.
It feels robotic in a sense.
Vacation time helps, but that’s only 2 weeks out of the year, and if it’s any more, you hit the jackpot.
Or did you?
2. Going to work feels like a chore.
Have you ever woken up at the start of the day knowing you have to go to work but knew how deep within your soul you didn’t want to go?
It seems like out of the blue, work is no longer work and now, feels like a chore.
It has become mundane and no longer piques your palette for excitement.
This obligatory demand is impeding on your freedom; your creativity. You’ve decided that you really don’t want to do it any longer.
And since you don’t want to, your morale is low, and your work quality is starting to suffer.
You don’t put in as much effort because the spark has dwindled, and now you go just to collect your check every 2 weeks and maybe to chit-chat with your coworkers, the “cool” ones.
3. You daydream about things you could be doing instead of your job.
Spend the day hunting for the best vegan food in town. Brush up on conjugations in Spanish. Deep dive into the Pythagorean theorem and how numerology impacts daily life.
These are all things that you wish you were doing instead of being at your job, sulking solemnly in sadness.
Whether your fantasies are filled with finding the finest finger-licking food on a Friday afternoon, or taking a three hour training course on Top Ten Coding Tips for Techies, they’re there.
And they are persistent. Distracting even.
They infiltrate your mind, day in and day out as you hand a customer a receipt for the thousandth time in three hours or ask your coworker to help you with the patient in room 247, bed B who’s about to fall off of the commode for the second time this shift.
Maybe you daydream about what life would look like if you were pursuing your passion.
You visualize the peace of mind you’d have, the joy you’d feel, and the freedom that comes with doing what you love.
4. Society’s standards of living no longer align with yours.
One day you realized that instead of the American Dream that society steadily shoves down the throat of the masses, you’d like to live on your terms, with your standards.
Getting married by 30 is no longer at the top of your To-Do list and having children is well into the far-flung future, if at all.
Maybe you’re already married or already have children.
Even still, you aren’t compelled to continue participating in the rat race for another second because you’ve realized your own standard for happiness and your current reality does not support it.
You’ve managed to deprogram from the dogmatic standards that have seeped into the practical guide on working in Corporate America, and realized that being in corporate America or working a traditional 9-5 has disappeared from your ideals of success and what’s left is an outdated version of what you believed a fulfilling career entails.
Reasons to quit your job
1. Changing your routine might help get you out of that funk.
You know what they say, out with the old, in with the new.
Sometimes a change in environment, routine, or habit can be the difference between starting your third trial of antidepressants or starting your third novel in a month because of increased motivation, drive, and well-being.
Now don’t get me wrong; antidepressants have helped thousands if not millions of people.
But so has getting to the root of the problem instead of slapping a band-aid on it, hoping it’ll go away.
Leaving your job to chase your passion can lead to newfound enthusiasm and delight. With a change in pace, you may start to feel rejuvenated as if you’ve gotten a new lease on life.
The days become brighter.
Even the gray ones.
You start to feel optimistic about the future. The feeling of dread before work is now a distant memory, disintegrating into the past as dreams are realized, and new routines are created.
2. You’re ready for something new.
You know that feeling you get when it’s the night before the first day of some exciting event in your life?
The night before orientation, the night before your first date, the night before vacation starts. Whatever the occasion, I know you know the feeling I’m referring to.
It is vigor, passion, and zeal, all wrapped into one, seemingly bursting at the seams. You’ve been waiting for this feeling for a while. It is long overdue.
The anticipation of the possibilities of the new path brings a profound sense of overwhelming excitement and joy.
Leaving your job to pursue your passion can lead to your ‘something new.’
3. Chasing your passion is bound to bring abundance.
Have you ever met someone who loved their job so much that they’d do it for free? These people have pursued their passion.
When you stumble upon work that does not feel like work but instead feels like fun, that’s how you’ll know you’ve hit the jackpot.
Now I am a firm believer that the Universe will bless you for living in your truth, being a good human to your fellow humans, and following your dreams.
Although fulfilling your ultimate desires may seem far-fetched, I am here to tell you, you can do anything you put your mind to.
And that’s on manifestation.
If your passion is to summit 10 of the highest peaks in the world, you can do it! If it is to have the best gluten-free cheesecake bakery in town, go head sis.
You’ve got it!
No matter what it is that you desire, you can accomplish it. With hard work, consistency, and persistence, anything is achievable.
If you relate to even one of the reasons mentioned above, it’s time to get serious and put yourself, your dreams, and your peace of mind first.
If you’ve made it to the end of this article, you’ve proved that you can stick things out, but does that mean you should?
If something does not fulfill you, diminishes your drive, or sucks the life out of your soul, it is more than okay to walk away from it.
Your happiness depends on it.
Pursuing your passion means doing what you love. Not for the money, the clout, or because your parents said you have to, but because it fills your vessel with unparalleled amounts of exuberance and contentment.
If you take away anything from this post, please remember that when you live in your truth, in positivity, and on your terms, the Universe blesses you abundantly.
So consider leaving your job, going forth, and pursuing your passion.
The world is your oyster.
As cliche as that may sound, it has an insurmountable degree of veracity and I dare you to go gallantly.
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