Your money or your life: Which would you choose?
By Donovan Grant
If you want to earn the big career money, you have to get promoted. That has always been the bounty for climbing up the corporate ladder. Does it work? Yes indeed, I've done it myself and I've walked shoulder to shoulder with colleagues whose only dream was to climb the career ladder.
One former colleague Sarah, brought her career dream alive and got a fantastic promotion. More money, more responsibility and more stress! She got it all. The only thing was, she hadn't factored in the change in stress levels and now only months into the new role she feels like quitting.
Many professionals make career moves without looking at the whole package. They look at the salary, the benefits and the work aspects however one ingredient is often overlooked. What impact will this have on my life as a whole?
No one needs to suffer when they move up or across the corporate ladder. To make it as smooth as possible they must ask themselves some serious questions:
What do I want?
Why do I want it?
What will the impact be to my life in and out of work?
Am I willing to pay the price?
Remember, climbing the ladder is okay if that’s what you want. And I commend you for finding your dream. Just like my friend Sarah found out, she did not want her outside life disrupted by her career. She spiralled out of control because she did not have a plan for getting settled during the first 100 days, she charged straight in. She’s learnt her lesson and now she is now sets the game up so she wins.
If you're in pressure situation, getting your stress levels under control is the remedy. The first step to make a list of your stressors. Then make the time to handle them, one by one.
What do you think? Have you had a stressful time with a new job? Have you experienced a career crisis? What is your top tip to handle it? What advice do you have for others? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger and speaker who brings his wisdom of over 25 years as an IT professional into coaching clients through leadership, business and lifestyle success strategies that are changing generations. He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to make a difference in someone else’s life.
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