Call it women’s intuition or a mother’s sixth sense – we’ve all experienced that gut feeling that tells us that something is “right” or “wrong.” Instinctively, we can tell when something is not right with our kids or if we feel that we’re being deceived. There’s just something that doesn’t feel right…you can’t put your finger on it, but it’s there. That feeling has come up for me at critical times in my life – professionally, personally, and as a mom.
A few months ago, I began to feel as through I had come to the end of the life-cycle of my job. Although I loved the people I was working with and the flexibility the job offered when my son was small, I began to lose the passion with which I approached my work. It began to feel mundane and repetitive and I was having difficulty looking at the work with fresh eyes and finding a new approach as I had done before. Something inside told me it was time to leave and I began looking for a new position – I wanted to find a job that incorporated the skills I had developed over a lifetime of working, focused on the parts of my work that I really enjoyed, and, most important, felt that I would learn and be valued for my contribution.
During my job search, I had interviewed at a number of different companies and was offered positions that I declined for various reasons – the main reason being that it didn’t feel right: my intuition was throwing a red flag in my direction and I knew that I needed to trust my inner voice.
After many interviews, I was offered and accepted a position with a firm that I am very excited about. From the moment I walked into their offices, I felt that it was the “right” place for me. When I met the women that I’d be working with, I felt an instant rapport, we clicked immediately. When the offer came through, I felt confident that this was the right place for me to take the next step in my career. I knew it in my gut.
While change is scary, languishing in a job where we’re not growing ultimately harms us more than taking the risk to do something new. I had to trust myself and my instincts to know that I was making the right move at the right time. Come to think of it, I think these principles apply to all things in life; work, family, relationships, and our kids. I read a beautiful quote by the writer Anais Nin that I hold dear and has given me strength when I feared change,
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
I am ready to blossom…I know, because my intuition tells me so.