Have you been in your present career or job for so long that you’ve lost your passion for what totally jazzed you at one time? Like what used to get you up in the morning and keep you pumped till bedtime?
Why do you think that happened?
It could be that you’re simply not being challenged intellectually or vocationally anymore and that you’re no longer able to use your gifts and talents as you once were. This can lead to boredom, discontent, complacency, lethargy and the like.
But most importantly, it could be that it’s time for you to move on to the next season of your life. It could be time for a new season of greater purpose and personal fulfillment by stretching yourself to do new things you’ve never done before and go to places you’ve never been. Maybe it’s time to invest what you’ve experienced in the lives of others who genuinely need what you have to offer.
How can I tell if my time is up?
Some of the things I mentioned above may begin to occur very subtly. If so, don’t take these things for granted, they could be signs that help to make you aware.
These suggestions I’m offering are not an absolute “rule of thumb” for recognizing signs that it’s time to move on. But I think they are at least worth considering.
When your season is over, one of the things that may become more noticeable as time goes on might be the growing sense of frustration with where you are and what you’re doing. Frustration typically occurs when you have a vision or dream in mind that you can see clearly but are not able to achieve it for one reason or another. When this begins to happen, you may or may not find that daily tasks you used to perform with ease are now becoming more difficult.
Some people are so gifted that they can do everything well (or least believe they can) but are still experiencing a level of frustration they didn’t have before. This could be an indication that they need something new to challenge or fulfill them; like a change in careers.
DON’T Ignore Them
If you are dealing with this issue in a career or job and are regularly experiencing frustration or a lack of fulfillment and peace, it could be time to consider a change. If you do not, it may twist your perspective about life in general, as well as how you see others and behave toward them. This can directly hinder your ability to expect good to come in your future.
When these issues we’ve been discussing happen in the workplace, it could ultimately and adversely affect morale and/or the success of your organization depending upon your personal responsibilities, your level of influence, and your level of personal growth or maturity.
An even more serious consequence of ignoring the signs above is how it can negatively affect your family life and other close relationships. Depending upon your individual personality, continued frustration not dealt with, and the lack of fulfillment of desired dreams and visions, can cause you to withdraw and become very introspective and selfish.
An old Hebrew proverb says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12 NAS).
I sincerely hope I’ve clearly communicated the importance of paying attention when we’re getting signs that it’s time to move up to the next level.
Life is constantly changing. And even though we need stability and longevity in our personal and professional lives, if we’re resistant to change and remain stubborn and obstinate, we may end up being the ones on the losing end.
Think About it First
In closing, if I were to add a disclaimer to this article it would be this. While this was written primarily for those who need a career change, it could apply in part, I suppose, to relationships, finances, families or other areas. However, common sense should suggest that absolutely “no important decision” that will significantly impact your personal and family life should ever be made without discussing these issues with your spouse, as well as other wise and trusted counsel.
Guys, this especially goes for you, for us! Some of us think our wives don’t know as much about these things as we do. After all, we’re the providers, the breadwinners and the hunters!
Let’s swallow our pride and admit that they know some stuff we don’t! We should listen to their input. After all, you saw something in them when you married them…right?!
I sincerely hope this has given you food for thought!
Serving You Truth,