As you wait for the elevator to arrive after another mediocre day at the office, you give yourself an all-too-familiar pep talk. "I'm better than this, and I've completely had it with this job," you tell yourself. "I'm outta here for good."
Does this sound familiar to you, asks Daniel Gulati, writing for the Harvard Business Review? If so, did you end up quitting like you knew you should have? Chances are, the answer is no.
Here's the cold truth, he says: Deciding to quit is just the first move in a sometimes long and arduous cerebral chess match. The reasons that over 70% of Americans stay in jobs they hate are not external (e.g., economic condition), says Gulati, but are due to our own psychology. “We overthink decisions, fear possible failure, and prioritize near-term, visible rewards over long-range success.”
So how are the smart and savvy ones able to break free? Gulati says there are three things he has seen repeatedly that allow people to overcome the psychological barriers and quit with conviction.
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