I’m in a period of transition.
In March, I stepped down as CEO of The Rocket Company to focus on helping churches individually. In June, my family and I moved home to Jacksonville, Florida. And I’m working to start a new company – figuring out what it will be and how it will be different.
That’s a lot of change packed into a few months. Naturally, I’ve thought a lot about transition. And I bet some of you are thinking about making a change.
So how do you know when the time is right? How do you know when it’s time to make a change? Here are three suggestions.
1. Consider your future.
When you find yourself dreaming more about something else than what you’re doing now, that’s a sign a change might be good for you.
Are you constantly asking yourself “what’s next” instead of focusing on “what’s now?” Do you find yourself dreaming about a different kind of life in a new place?
One of the reasons we moved to Jacksonville is we asked ourself where we wanted to raise our kids over the next ten years. Since I can work from anywhere, planting some roots near family and friends was attractive.
Tomorrow is not promised, but tomorrow is full of promise. So when you think about your future, you should be excited about the opportunity. Dreams should come to life.
2. Think about your energy level.
If what you’re working on now brings you energy, that’s a good thing. But if what you’re doing drains you, maybe a change is in order.
I don’t believe there are many jobs where you’re in your sweet spot and working in your passion 100% of the time. But if you’re only there 20% of the time, that’s not good for your long term health.
Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why, says, “working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.”
You might not be passionate about every single thing you do, but overall, you need to love what you do. If you don’t, start taking steps to change something. This might not mean quitting your job in dramatic fashion, but it might mean using your free time to learn, grow or build something.
3. What do your friends and family say?
When I was praying through all the changes, I talked to lots of friends, family members and coaches (I learned the power of this from working with Casey). I highly recommend you get feedback from two groups of people.
First, you should listen to wise people who are disconnected from the situation. People who aren’t in your shoes are often in a great position to provide great advice. Since they aren’t emotionally connected, they can give unbiased feedback. This is where coaches come in.
Be careful when seeking advice, though. If you ask enough people or spin something just the right way, you’ll find someone to confirm a bad decision.
Secondly, you should listen to wise people who love you and have your best interest in mind. We all need people in our lives who can’t benefit from knowing us. We need friends who get nothing from being our friends. Listen to those kind of people.
Chip and Dan Heath say one of the best questions to ask yourself when facing a big decision is “What would you tell your best friend to do, if he/she was in the same situation?” That’s a powerful question, built on powerful psychology. When people are slightly removed from the situation, their advice is far less biased.