There is only one thing worse than leaving too soon: that’s staying too long. Whether you are thinking about a career/job change, ending a relationship or moving to a different place or city, here are 5 signs that it may be time to move on:
1. There is no support for your dream in your current place. Sharing our dreams, hopes and true desires causes us to be vulnerable and open to judgment and ridicule. Is your current environment a place where your dreams can be shared and supported? When you do share, what is the reaction of those around you? Do you receive support and encouragement? Inspiration? If not, this could be a sign that it is time to move on.
2. It’s just not a good fit. Does your current career, relationship(s) or location cause you to leave your true self at the door? Are you able to reveal your strengths, values and best parts of yourself without feeling threatened? This could be an indication that you are just not a good fit, or may have outgrown your current place.
3. You are staying for the wrong reasons. Have you examined your reasons and what brought you there in the first place? Have those “whys” changed? If so, it may be time to make a change. Many times we remain in a place long after our needs have changed. Just because something was good for you a year ago does not necessarily mean it is good for your today. Reexamine your reasons.
4. You have completed the work. There is a word for leaving a situation without applying the necessary effort to make it work. It’s called quitting. However, after you have invested the necessary effort and commitment, it is no longer called quitting. It is called graduating!
5. Others believe you could do better. There is no greater indication of whether you have become stagnant than by the feedback of those who care for you the most. What are their feelings about your current situation? Do they believe that you have outgrown your current place? Do they agree you should/could be doing much better than you are now? Who loves you the most in this world? Ask them for their honest opinion. When you ask, be ready to hear the truth.
This week, evaluate your current location- career, relationships, and environment- then decide whether it is time to move on. If so, then give yourself permission to begin developing and executing the plan for your next move.
In what others ways do you determine when it’s time to move on? I would love to hear your thoughts.