I’ve thought a lot lately about the choices I’ve made. I try to make the best choice I can. I try to do what is best for me. No one is going to look our for me but me.
There are times when no amount of research and planning and thinking through all the possibilities the choice will bring, in the end it’s the wrong choice.
Choices are tricky things. I make them all day. Most of them are inconsequential. Whether I’ve made lunch or laid my clothes out the night before may have a small financial impact. But it won’t have long-lasting effects.
The decision to find a new job, and leave my current job is a bigger choice. It’s not one I ever take lightly. Every decision is a trade-off. Every job has it’s rewards and challenges. Before I make a move, I try to think through everything that will change.
There are the big questions.
- How much will I make?
- Are the benefits good?
- Are there any perks?
- Could I get a raise, or a bonus?
- What about advancement? Will I be doing the same thing I am now in five years?
Then there are more deceptive questions. These don’t seem as important but are vital to the decision.
- What will the commute be like? How much of my day am I giving up?
- What is the culture where I’m going?
- Will I fit into the team? Is there a team?
- Will I like it there? This is where I will be spending eight plus hours so I should consider if I like it there.
Finally, there is the biggest question of all, do I make a move at all?
Every decision starts with a yes to the last question. Yes, I want to work somewhere else. Before the hunt begins, I have to decide to start looking.
After all the careful and considered planning, there is still risk. Even after all the pros and cons are identified and weighed. There is still a lot I don’t know.
The situation you think you’re walking into may not be what you find.
Every choice could make my situation better or could make it worse. I try to better myself and my situation with each move. But sometimes, I choose wrong.
And when I do make that wrong choice, I need to keep choosing. No choice is final. Nothing I decide to do is forever. Nothing I do can’t be undone and no matter who my choice affects, the choice is still mine. And I have to put myself first. I have to do what is best for me.
And hope this time I make a better choice…