7 Questions to Determine if you Should You Be Part of the Great Resignation

The Great Resignation in 2021 saw 4.5 million workers quit their jobs in November of 2021. Over 20 million voluntarily quit in the last half of last year.

Should you join them?

In this post, we will discuss 7 questions to make your decision about quitting your job, searching for a new job, retiring, or starting a new business.

Those that follow me know I write on pivotal success. Iā€™m passionate about helping you break out and breakthrough, thinking bigger to reach higher. I believe each of us should be living 100% alive. To do that we must make strategic decisions based on verified facts.

NOTE: While this post is directed at employees, executives, managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals will benefit from understanding how they can retain their current employees.

#1. What do you ultimately want?

In a previous post, we discussed not only what you want, but what you ultimately want. If we don’t know what we ultimately want, we have headed for ordinary frustration.

Before we go any further, what do you ultimately want? _________________________________________

What can you do to engage your employees? Check this out.

#2. Is this job helping you get what you ultimately want?

When you know what you ultimately want, then you are positioned to assess whether or not your current job is taking you toward that ultimate goal.

Answer yes or no to the following questions.

  • Will I get to my ultimate goal in this job?
  • Will it get me there fast enough?
  • Are there other opportunities?

Given that one-third of employees are disengaged, means that their current job isn’t providing opportunities to get them to what they ultimately want.

#3. Do you have better opportunities?

Many are changing jobs because there are opportunities that weren’t there 2 years ago. Some call this massive shift the Great Reshuffle or the Turnover Tsunami because workers are choosing to quit and find different jobs.

In making your objective assessment, recognize that the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence, especially when we are tired of seeing the same grass on our side.

Different doesn’t always mean better.

In the process of deciding whether to quit, ask yourself, “Will this help me get to what I ultimately want faster, easier, or better than my current position?”

Is there a better opportunity? If so, continue reading to develop your strategy.

NOTE: Be aware that your best opportunity may be in your current job. Don’t assume either quitting or staying is the best choice. Do the analysis by counting the costs.

#4. What is the cost of each option?

Remember, this is a strategic decision. Too often people make bad decisions because they base it on emotion instead of logic.

For each of the opportunities you are considering, do a cost-benefit analysis.

What are the costs? What are the benefits?

Count the cost before making the pivot.

#5. Are you willing to take the risk?

Make no mistake, any pivot involves risk. There is a possibility that the new job or business won’t be any better than your current one.

It’s easy to complain and fun to dream. When when the rubber meets the road and they need to make a decision, they wilt, too worried about failing to try something new.

On a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 is no risk and 10 is completely willing to risk, how do you rate yourself?

No-Risk 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Completely Willing to Risk

NOTE: If you are unwilling to take the risk, quit complaining about what you don’t have. Forgive me if this sounds harsh. Remember, your level of success is your choice. Don’t complain. Don’t blame. Don’t feel ashamed.

#6. What’s your decision? Which opportunity will you pursue?

It comes down to making YOUR choice.

What is the best opportunity to get what you ultimately want?

  • Do you keep your job and keep working toward your ultimate opportunity?
  • Do you quit your job and look for a new one?
  • Do you keep your job and start an online business?

#7. When do I start?

Remember, dreaming is fun but a dream without a plan and action is only a wish.

What’s your decision? When will you take the action? When do you make your pivot?

As I have worked with clients, I often hear them say at this point, “I wish I had done this sooner.”

I respond, “What is the best time to plant a tree?”

The answer, according to this old adage, is “20 years ago.” If I would’ve made the pivot 20 years ago, I would be enjoying the fruit today.

Don’t focus on the past because you can’t change it.

Instead, ask, “What is the 2nd best time to plant a tree.”

The answer is, “Today.”

Make your pivot today. Whatever decision you made, begin right now to move toward your ultimate goal. Life has too many phenomenal opportunities to settle for the ordinary.

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I am Dr. Loren Murfield, and I develop aspiring and emerging leaders pivot to their breakthrough success.   Contact me today to begin your pivot.

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