Is it Time for a Career Change?
- 2006 23 Oct
Are you tolerating a familiar pain that is prompting you toward a new and unrealized opportunity?
I heard a story from my friend Bob about an old dog lying on the front porch. A neighbor approached the porch and could hear the dog softly moaning. He asked his friend why the dog was whimpering. And the owner said: "He’s lying on a nail." Predictably the man said, "Well, why doesn’t he move?" To which the owner replied, "I guess it doesn’t hurt quite that much yet."
About a year after sharing this story in my weekly career based newsletter, I had an attorney call me. He said he was that old dog – very much in pain about his daily activities but the pain was still almost tolerable. The image was so indelibly etched in his mind that he started every day identifying with that dog. We discussed his situation, his clear sense that he was off track and the necessity for dramatic change in his life. He was seeing his family, his health, and his peace being eroded by his commitment to keeping things the same. Yet six months later I am still waiting for him to begin the process of introspection and exploration of new options.
If you don't have a vision for the future, then your future is threatened to be a repeat of the past. -- A. R. Bernard
The comfort of familiarity can be so alluring; even if it is not the best. I see countless people droning through their mundane lives, hanging on to the comfortable misery and blocking the thrill of new and unrealized but available successes.
I guess a lot of people are like that old dog. They moan and groan about their work or life situation, but don’t do anything. How bad does the pain have to get before you get up and do something else? In the workplace today there are incredible opportunities. If you are in a negative environment, one that causes you pain and anguish, maybe it’s time to take a fresh look at yourself, define where you want to be, and develop a clear plan of action for getting there.
"He who has learning without imagination has feet but no wings." Stanley Goldstein
From the Bible:
"Deliver me from my enemies, my God; protect me from those who rise up against me. ….they return at evening, snarling like dogs and prowling around the city. They scavenge for food; they growl if they are not satisfied. But I will sing of Your strength and will joyfully proclaim Your faithful love in the morning. For you have been a stronghold for me, a refuge in my day of trouble." Psalm 59: 1, 14-16 (HSCB)
Direction for Today:
What is that familiar but annoying nail that’s sticking you daily? What could you do to get up and move?
Dan Miller is President of The Business Source, founder of "48 Days" and author of 48 Days To The Work You Love and 48 Days To Creative Income. He is the growing authority for creating effective life plans that are achieved by integrating natural gifts, unique personality traits and one's own values and passions. His unique clarification of how God gifts us will introduce you to a new sense of freedom and fulfillment of your life's calling. For more information, visit http://www.48days.com/.