Have you set a deadline for when you will be leaving your 9-5 job? If you haven’t, when exactly will you be planning to do so? Most professional women just like you, end up sticking around in a 9-5 job, much longer than they need to be. Simply because they make excuses such as, I don’t have enough time to work on my business, or nobody will pay me for my services and I don’t want to leave without a good amount of money behind me. These excuses may be true for you, but it shouldn’t be the reason for you not taking adequate action on your business and do everything that you can possibly do to leave the 9-5 in the shortest possible time frame. You can’t control external factors. However, you can change the decisions you make to move things forward.
Make A Decision to Leave
If you're serious about leaving your 9-5 job, I dare you right now to set a date and commit with your whole heart to leaving your job. It’s not enough to say that you want to leave your job but not commit to a date to make it happen. It’s a bit like being proposed to for marriage and not having a date set. One year down the line, what exactly are you planning for without a date in place?
I actually think you’re wasting your time
When you make a decision to set a date, not only are you becoming intentional about achieving your goal, but you’re also setting things in motion and are more likely to follow through on your business aspirations because you are now ready to start taking things seriously.
Worrying about how you will make money, or where you will find your customers should not prevent you from setting a date. It's a bit like the wedding example I used before. Once the date has been set you can then plan how you want the big day to go afterwards.
Plan Your Escape
Now that you have set the date to leave your job, the next step will be to plan in fine detail how you will escape from your job. It’s no point saying that you want to leave your job if you don’t sit down with a pen and paper and come up with a strategy, which explains, how you will go about it.
The things you will need to consider are as follow:
Without crafting a solid plan to escape you 9-5, you are setting yourself up to fail and are more likely putting yourself at risk. Which could end up backfiring and you having to seek employment from another employer a few months down the line because you didn’t plan your escape properly.
How Do You Want To Leave Your 9-5 Job?
It’s great that you want to leave, but have you thought about how you would like to leave? Would you like to have a leaving do with your work colleague? Maybe go out for a drink or a meal to celebrate your achievement. Or maybe your work environment was a lot less desirable so you would leave more discreetly and only announce it a few days before leaving.
Moreover, if you desire to leave you 9-5 job, you should make it a memorable experience, so that you don’t have any resentment or negative emotions attached to what you are pursuing. You should aim to leave in style because you want to start your new journey with a big bang. As the saying goes, start as you mean to go on.
It is possible for you to sack your boss and launch a successful business as long as you plan ahead and commit to what you desire. Once you have made the decision to leave and have set a date for when you will leave, spend a good amount of time planning all the steps that you will need to take to exit in a good fashion. Last but not least also plan how you desire to leave your working environment. Transitioning into a business is a brilliant achievement. So don’t forget to include how you will be going about this because you are leaving the old and going into something new.
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I'm the Fire Your Boss, Follow Your Calling Strategist. I help ambitious women just like you who are stuck, frustrated and feeling unfulfilled in their 9-5 role, to fire their boss and launch the business they truly love.