The Big Quit
Last year, 47 million Americans quit their jobs to reconsider their priorities. Were you one of them?
If you are hungrier than ever for meaning and purpose, ask yourself the following four questions before you quit.
• How do you want to experience life?
• What would it look like if you prioritized what you love?
• What is your most important role, and how can you maximize it?
• How will you achieve the quality of life you seek?
If you don’t know the answers or aren’t willing to contemplate the questions, you aren’t ready to leave. Your avoidance practically guarantees that your next chapter will have more in common with your current chapter than you hoped, so why disrupt your whole life to find yourself in the same position?
If it’s important to you to level up and create a life you love, but you don’t want to start with the questions, the other option is to start by doing something.
Sometimes, it can be paralyzing to face big questions, so action mode is another way to unlock your next steps. If you’d prefer to get started right away, do these four things first.
• Consult your employee manual and determine if there’s a protocol for leaving the company and if you have the opportunity to negotiate a separation agreement.
• Consider if you have any big purchases pending, like a mortgage. It doesn’t have to stop you, but you might want to complete the transaction first.
• Ask yourself what is holding you back or what you are most afraid of, and dump all of it in a list. Be as comprehensive as possible to free up your mind for high vibe thinking.
• Find someone to help you envision your future, manage the transition, keep you accountable to your desired outcome, and work through the inevitable identity issues.
Once you’ve taken those initial steps, you’ll discover you have a lot more clarity than you thought. With clarity, you can prioritize and plan your exit strategy without uncertainty getting in your way.
Once you’ve asked and answered the essential questions, you’ll stop obsessing about how or if it’s going to work out and get excited about your purpose and potential.
If you find yourself procrastinating, wavering, or getting stuck, shift your focus to where you are going. If your vision is compelling enough, it won’t feel impulsive or risky to leave — it will feel empowering to go for it.
You deserve to live your life without regrets. Change can be scary, or it can be exhilarating. The difference isn’t who you are or what you’re changing; it’s how you feel about the change. Quitting isn’t giving up; it’s claiming something so much better.