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The Luxury of Starting Over

Everyone dreads starting over. Especially, if you've been working for a number of years, the idea of going someplace else and starting over brings a feeling of heaviness and dread. To be clear, starting over when it comes to your career means - proving your skills to co-workers, showing you're a team player, ensuring your years of experience as a "solid worker" put you in line for promotion, showing you have the ability to raise up, working the extra mile to earn respect and SME in your new environment, creating a new network within the company.

Notice I didn't mention pay or position specifically. Those areas take care of themselves based on all the other elements I listed. How is this a luxury? Well, there are really good things that arise from starting over.

No one knows how you started. The issue, sometimes, staying at a company too long is they know when you started. They remember what skills you had and didn't have. They know your previous salary as well as the salary you've grown into. They even know why you have stayed so long, which they use to their benefit at performance and salary review time. Being someplace new, only what they see now is what you are reviewed and known for. They truly see all of your knowledge, experience and skills. To put it clearly, they know what you're worth to the company; what you bring to the table.

You're new and can be new. As you grow into your expertise, you also grow externally and internally as a professional. When you grown in the same place for too long, co-workers have a hard time seeing and acknowledging your growth. In a new place they see you for who you are now, not who you were. Their day one with you is now. How you carry yourself, how you respond to people and incidents, your input and well of experience which you share. Their interactions with you is who you are now, not before.

You are free to be. Being in one place for years, you have grown to allow certain people to be how they are with you because of the history. Along with that, you too behave a certain way at work due to what people know you to be. Being someplace new allows you to be free of all and any of what everyone expects from you. Even to knowing every Spring you buy the Girl Scout cookies and the daffodils. Well, now no one knows whether you will or you won't, so you don't have to unless you really want to. You truly can just be. Come to work, then end your day how you see fit for YOU.

Luxury is defined as 'the state of great comfort and extravagant living.' Being able to be who you've become at work is a feeling of comfort and extravagance that only comes when you're starting over some place else. So, send in that resume. Show up for that interview. Don't tread your new tomorrow. It may be just what you need.

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