How long has it been since you started a new job? Before you make that big move to the next thing you feel “called to”, let’s consider a few simple truths.
I was reminded of this when a young professional friend who I co-lead a Leadership@Work Nehemiah Study with, started a new job on Tuesday. Josh Richardson moved from a global corporation serving Wal-Mart, to a super cool, high growth small company, also serving Wal-Mart. Talk about a 180. Here was his tweet yesterday: Day 1 at the new job was amazing – better than I could have ever imagined. Praise God for his sovereign timing, purpose, and design!
Josh’s experience reminded me of the sometimes bitter sweet experience of changing jobs. Here are a few simple ideas to consider:
- Commit to a six month increase in work life focus – before you say yes to the new gig that you are so excited about, make sure you deal with this reality. Your work life WILL need more focus and time. This is especially critical if you are married and/or have children.
- Finish strong where you are – in both execution and relationships.
- Enjoy powerful growth with God - because He makes things ”brand new” (Isaiah 48:7) in a new job, fear and anxiety can be very real. It’s a perfect season to sit daily in His lap.
- Be hyper focused – focus with intensity to build new relationships, learn the business, and find small opportunities to add value to the business.
- Enjoy the new adventure - it will be stressful, but it will also be an exciting adventure of personal, spiritual and relational growth!