Here’s something I hear from people all over the world: “I hate my job. I want to leave. But I have responsibilities…I have payments to make, people to support. It’s just not easy to change when you’ve got these things to worry about.”
I agree. It’s really easy to get emotionally involved. Why wouldn’t you?
Because it’s a bad idea. Imagine yourself as some other person, with you as an outsider looking in on that life. What would your reaction to their situation be? How would you react? What would you say?
Probably something like: “Wow they’re miserable. They have to make a change. And they even know what would make them happier! Why don’t they go get it? I should let them know…” We’re talking Admiral ‘Obvious’ Ackbar screaming “It’s a trap!”
Stop. Imagine yourself at your most weak and vulnerable. No job, no money, nothing on the go. Well, at this point you’ve got two choices, don’t you?
1. Roll over and die.
2. Get up, dust yourself, off, fight and make it work.
Those are your only choices, aren’t they? Die or survive. And, I think you’ll agree, they’re both self-created.
Rationally, at this point, you agree then—we choose to do the things that need doing to either survive or die. Problem is, in real life, this doesn’t work. People are scared. They deny this. So tell me, how do you reconcile these facts?
Intellectually, you know it’s your choice whether to live or die. Yet why, when confronted with a lousy work situation, a loser boss, a destabilizing environment, why do you stay on? You’ve forgotten the basics.
Emotion is what messes you up. If you were another person looking at your life, you’d shout “Change it! Now!” without pause.
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