Soldier On or Pick a New Direction? One Thought on Choosing


Should I stay on my present course and keep doing what I’m doing, or is it time to change?  When is it time to keep your head down and put one foot in front of the other, so you can ultimately walk out the other side?

On the other hand, when is it time to throw in the towel?  Get a new job?  Even get out of your business and into a nice safe, reliable job – with a nice steady pay check, and maybe even benefits?

I’ve faced this decision numerous times in my corporate career – and more than once after starting my own business.  It can make you crazy. 

So, when do you pluck up your courage and keep soldiering on?  And when do you face the fact that you’re in the wrong place and soldiering on is only going to increase the odds your life, your career are heading in the direction of cannon fodder?

One Thought on Choosing to Stay Put or Move On

It’s not an easy decision to get your arms around, but here’s one thought on a different way to look at it.  It’s helped me and my clients deal with the question – may it will help you.

Many times, it’s a single factor that shifts our view toward the light or the dark.  Is there one element that is most sucking the life out of you?

  • A bad manager
  • A nagging peer
  • Something in your profession or location
  • An environment where you can’t think
  • A culture that is dramatically at odds with your personal values
  • A commute that steals ours from your life each day
  • A part of the country that is sucking you dry with weather that’s right out of a bad movie
  • Your crazy-making complaint here

If you can narrow it to a single factor, you can then ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. Is there an action you can take to impact the one thing that makes your stomach hurt, short of stepping away?
  2. How much does your view of the situation color your response?
  3. Have you lost your objectivity?  Does every little thing grate on your nerves and get magnified out of proportion?

While this may not provide the full answer or solution, it may be a good first step.  Once you’ve narrowed down the cause of the problem, you’ll find it much easier to create a strategy to deal with it. 

For many of my clients it’s been the first step that made all the difference in helping them decide to soldier on or pick a new direction. 

Take Action – Make This Your Own

  • Take a candid look at these questions.  Once you’ve narrowed the scope of action you need to take ask yourself what single action can you take today?
  • Ask yourself, do you need a mentor or a counselor to help you get a fresh perspective?  What step can you take to identify a resource in your network whose only agenda is your wellbeing?
  • Get help and get started – make the call or send the email.

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