Whether you are an entrepreneur or working for an organization, you are a free agent. You have the ability to choose the direction your life and work will go in. You have options. Sometimes, circumstances can get you to a place where you are accepting situations that do not serve you and you think you have no choice but to accept them.
What are you accepting that you shouldn’t be? You can start looking at this by identifying your highest pain points as a manager. Take a look at them and at whether the pain they cause outweighs the risk of making choices to improve your situation. As a coach, I see too many situations where managers are tired, discouraged, under-resourced, overworked and underappreciated. Managers think they have no choice in the matter, but they do!
The choices you make may involve some time. At first, it may simply be choosing “I am going to create a better life”. The most significant factor is to change the perception that you have no choice. Then, give yourself some time to think out what options are available to you. Move at the level of risk that you can handle. After you have made a choice the steps will start filling in, if you keep your attention on it. Joseph Campbell had some good insights when he discussed “Following Your Bliss”:
“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
Living the life you want to live is possible. Why accept a life or work that does not serve you?