Read Before You Leap
a number of self-help and spiritual books, I decided to take
the big leap: I quit my well-paying corporate job! It's scary!
I have no idea what I will do next."
"I just sold my house! Now what?"
"I just decided to move to Tiny City, Montana. There's really
not a lot here."
You may have heard the saying,
"Leap and the Net Will Appear." Generally, that guidance
encourages us to make a creative leap: start writing your novel,
begin a painting class, start a fitness program. As you become
immersed in your project, your intuition awakens and you find
new ways to express your creativity.
If you know
someone who is miserable in a job, house or city, please share this article and highlight
the following guidelines:
1. A wise rule of thumb is, "Leap to, not from," unless you're standing on the
ledge of a burning building. If you feel, use your available resources
to explore options.
2. Make a
plan, even if you want
a to do nothing for awhile.
3. Build a safety net. Once you have taken the leap, you will be in
a one-down position if you need a job or a new place to live.
. Moving without
4. Learn your legal and financial realities.
Will you be eligible for unemployment compensation?
Don't assume "yes" or "no;" there seems to
be wide variation from one state to another, and possibly from
one office to another within a state.
If you regret your decision to sell your house, and you haven't
closed, can you change your mind?
If you need money, which assets should you liquidate first?
If you're divorced or separated, will your decision have any
impact on your financial or custody agreements?
5. Conduct an intense information-gathering
campaign. Intuition is
fueled by information. Get the facts. Talk to people who have
done what you want to do.
One reason clients hire me for :
assistance in obtaining this information.
6. Avoid the temptation to ask for advice. Instead, spend time with people who
will give you either information or a process for planning and
decision-making. If a
seems to have strong opinions, get a second or third opinion.
Get someone to play devil's advocate. -- but ignore the who are determined to smother your dream.
7. Stay calm and move slowly. Remember that messages of urgency ("You
MUST do this now!") will usually get you into trouble, whether
they come from your own thoughts or from "
Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.
Author, Career Consultant, Speaker
*Fast Track to Career Freedom*