You could probably google ‘101 tips for leaving your current job” and get all kinds of tips. This is not what this is about. Someone else’s tips might give you some inspiration, but as a life coach, I know you are a creative resourceful being who already has the answers. I just help you find them. This exercise is a stream of consciousness creative exercise. It’s going to allow your right brain – which is full of brilliant ideas, but rarely speaks – to share some of its insights. Really.
Get pen and paper. Computer and new doc works too. Heck, you can even do this in a comment at the end.
Number 1 – 101. OR you can simply number each item as you go, but you must convince yourself that you are obligated to do 101 items.
Now write 101 ways to leave your job. That’s a lot. That’s going to make your logical left brain give up. Your right creative imaginative brain is going to have to take over (as long as you insist to yourself that you will do 101 ideas.)
Give yourself some time… but do not write a few items, go for lunch, come back do a few more, leave again, etc. This just isn’t that type of exercise. When you get to #4 or thereabouts, and you are finding it hard to write more, you can be silly. As soon as it gets hard to come up with the next one, concoct ‘ridiculous’ ideas like ”Fine. I could just walk out right now and not come back.” Or ’silly’ ideas like “I can marry a rich man/woman’ or ‘impossible’ ideas like ‘get a grant for emerging writers and write a book’ or write silly non-idea stuff like “this is just stupid.” or “Janet schmanet” or … well, are you getting the picture? The point is to keep writing. And just watch what emerges. When all is written, you will have some new ideas of how to make changes in your life.
Even better, or if you are still not having an ‘aha’ or two, share the list with a trusted friend – one who supports you and is non-judgemental. Sometimes a friend will ’see’ clearly what you cannot see – right there in your list!
Honour yourself by choosing to take some small step towards your future of not being in a cubicle suffering holiday re-entry syndrome while playacting that you are a good happy efficient employee. Life is good. Live it.
contributed by Janet L. Whitehead. Musings and Mud – The Coaching Studio.