After Labour Day, it’s time to shift from cruise control to drive and put the pedal to the metal in your life, career and business. It’s time to take a good long look at what’s working well, what needs improvement and what needs to begin and what needs to end. Perhaps everything is working like a finely tuned orchestra and your life, work and business are completely in sync. If this is the case, may it continue for a long time and keep up the amazing work.
However, it is often the case that one sector of your life is not working as well as the others, causing considerable stress, anxiety and confusion and taking up way too much of your time and energy. It seems that the individual, client/customer, product/service, project or organization that you once loved or were wildly passionate about may have lost a lot of its allure and attraction either before or during the summer. Maybe things weren’t working that well before the summer began but you didn’t want to rock the boat or ruin your vacation or someone else’s vacation by taking action.
Now that everyone is back to life, work and business, you can delay no longer. It’s time to think about making a change – the sooner the better. You must decide whether you can fix things or whether it’s time to end your commitment, association, affiliation or participation so you can get your personal or professional life back on track and on balance. For whatever reason, the love or passion that you once felt is gone for good. Once you have decided that the love is gone and it’s time to end a business or personal relationship, handle it with care and compassion then move on with clarity and confidence. The most important thing that you need is a plan with these components:
– outline your next steps – find a new partner, client/customer, product/service, project or organization immediately or take time to think and plan before you make your next move.
– write down your thoughts, feelings and learnings from your experience while it’s still fresh in your mind.
– prepare for a positive and constructive conversation with the individual(s) involved.
– express your gratitude for having had this experience.
– set a date to move on and stick to it.
Moving on means looking forward with excitement to what will be rather than looking back with regret to what might have been.