Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sometimes You Make the Wrong Decision ...

" It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off. You cannot make progress without making decisions". - Jim Rohn

(Editors Note: Short blog this week – traveling).

There are times in life - and especially during your career - when you make a decision, and it was the wrong decision to make. Perhaps picking the wrong job - or the wrong career. Perhaps a financial decision, a relationship decision.

As more people feel more confident about the job market and themselves, that are actively evaluating new opportunities - and that is good for sure!

At the same time, they often experience angst - the angst of perhaps making the wrong decision, taking the wrong job or going down the wrong path in their carer. Sometimes people can shake off this inability to make a decisions; sometimes it paralyzes them. I hear this in my practice all the time: "… Dan – what if I make a mistake and choose the wrong job?” Does it happen – yes. Can it be corrected – yes.

It is important to know – and accept – that you can't be right 100% of the time (even though at times we think we just can't be wrong). An old business associate once told me that it was his goal, as they were lowering in him the ground when he passes, to have been right 51% of the time: more often right than wrong. That is something to think about. Most any wrong decision can be corrected. It just takes the courage to admit - I was wrong. That is the hardest part - just accepting that. If you know you made the wrong decision - or find yourself in a job situation that just isn't right - correct it - fast. Talk to your manager. Talk to your spouse or significant other and get their input and support. And then act - swiftly -- so you can be free of the angst and move on. People understand that other make mistakes – it is not career ending.

You are not obligated to work for anyone – if fact you are empowered to work where you want to as our state is an employment-at-will state. Works the other way too – an employer can let someone go at any time and for any reason or no reason. If you have made a critical job choice or career mistake, take action to correct it by looking for a new job, validate your career choice and get professional help if you find your self stuck.

There are no guarantees in making a decision, no matter how hard you try to eliminate all risks. After all, if it was a certainty, it would not be called a decision.

And thank you for reading this - Dan

Dan Moran
President & Founder
Next-Act, Division of DVG, Inc.
Career Management & Transition Specialists
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