I was in a job that I loved for seven years (I could get money for retirement at 10 years), but by the 8th and 9th year it began to steal my soul. A job I once jumped out of bed for, was now the job I dreaded every day. I loved the people I worked with, but was having trouble ethically supporting a system I did not believe in. However, if I quit, what would I do?
“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” Henri Kaiser
According to Kendra Cherry (verywell.com), “The ultimate goal of problem-solving is to overcome obstacles and find a solution that best resolves the issue.” There is much advise on the internet with a mixed number of steps to solve your problems. So, how do you decide which is right for you? The following was helpful to me when I was deciding what to do about my job.
- Identify and Define the Problem-You need to clearly recognize and describe the problem. What is the real concern? What are the emotions surrounding it? Sometimes the real problem is not so obvious. My Real Problem: I was in a soul stealing job I hated.
- Organize and Form a Strategy-What do you know and not know about the problem? Brainstorm possible solutions and do a pro/con list if needed. Then, think of the worst thing that could happen so you will be ready for anything. My Brainstorm: I could continue to ride it out at least until 10 years and be miserable; I could quit and stay at home; I could quit and find a new job.
- Pick a Solution and Implement a Plan-Look at the solutions you came up with, pick the best choice, and do it. My Solution: I quit and took my chances opening my own business.
- Monitor Progress and Evaluate the Results-If the solution you chose is not the answer then change it and look for another approach. Was that the best solution and did it meet all the expectations? My Evaluation: My stress level has significantly decreased and I am thrilled I quit to start my own business.
“Inside of every problem lies an opportunity.” Robert Kiyosaki
Some problems need to be solved immediately, while others require more time and thoughtful consideration. These steps are simplified but basically the same for both. You can do something about most problems, although some will be easier than others depending on the emotions involved. Problems help create change and will always be around. It is not about the problem, but how you react to them that makes the difference.