There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.
– Carl Sandburg, American writer and editor
Such is the push and pull that one experiences when it comes to breaking free of one’s comfort zone.
The familiarity & security of your present job can be tempting enough to hold back the decision to switch jobs. Right at the time when you should be saying yes to change.
In a snap poll by HeadHonchos.com, 16% of professionals are ready to change jobs to boost their career, showing an appetite for risk-taking in the interest of their career. In contrast, 35% indicated that the decision to move or stay could go either way; they say call is driven by circumstances, be it a strong incentive or disincentive to change. In contrast, 49% of respondents candidly shared their hesitation in moving to a new job, even when it carried prospects of better career growth. These respondents believe that the comfort zone factor leads to rounds of re-thinking, only to pass up a new opportunity.
Based on a snap poll of 155 professionals*
For many professionals, particularly at the senior level, the decision to move to a new job is a toss-up. Often the risk of a wrong decision, the pressure of family and personal commitments or the Golden Handcuffs syndrome can dull the appetite for change. To say nothing of the effort involved in juggling with a job search while handling a full-time job.
Yet while the risk of a career mis-step runs high, especially as one moves into the top rungs of a company, procrastinating over a job search carries a cost in terms of career growth when the decision is left too late.
So what is the way out when one is lingering on in the same job?
The real reason for staying in a comfort zone suggest experts, is all in the mind. The fundamental issue is about understanding and managing the risk that comes with change. To come to grips with the comfort zone, it is best to clearly understand the risks, make an assessment of the future and then act based on what you believe lies ahead. Often, pinning down the risks helps one to understand the downside as well as the potential for an upside.
When it comes to planning for the future, it is clearly the mind-set that matters.