Like many of you, I‘ve dedicated my career to the healthcare industry. It’s a rewarding career, but like most rewarding things in life: it’s hard and full of ups and downs. Especially when you lose a job. Have you ever been fired or lost a job?
I have. It’s never easy. In fact I get fired every year.
Here’s the catch: I fire myself, and it’s so much easier that being fired by someone else. I’ve fired myself at the end of the year for the past 8 years. It’s become a ritual, and it helps me stay grateful and maintain perspective.
I want to share with you why I fire myself each year, and I why I think it’s a fail proof practice that keeps me from every really being fired.
Gratitude takes practice
First, remember that having your job shouldn’t be a given. At the highest levels, you don’t keep your job unless you have major success to show you deserve to. It’s easy to lose sight of this reality and become entitled, thinking our employer owes us something.
Honestly, it’s a privilege to serve others and to have a job that carries so much meaning to others. Countless people would consider your job a dream job. If you think of yourself as dispensable, you’re going to be more motivated to make sure you’re bringing indispensable value to your company.
Sometimes walking away is the answer
When you fire yourself, you can honestly pause and ask, “Am I up for another year of this?” We have a responsibility to ask ourselves this question. And it’s okay if the answer is no. Life happens.
Circumstances change. New kid, new home experience, new values. It’s okay to go into a year and say, “You know what? I don’t think I am the guy,” or “I don’t think I am the gal.” That is a gift to you and to the company. It allows you to go be successful somewhere else and for the company to get the right person in the right role. If you’re like most people though, that won’t happen. Instead, you’ll realize that you love your job deeply and believe you are absolutely the guy or gal for the job.
Most people get even more excited. It results in a level of energy and excitement about the upcoming year you never thought you would have. It’s a gift that I promise you won’t regret.
How to start the new year
I always end up getting hired again in the new year (I interview and hire the new me). I talk about that process in greater detail here.
If you are looking for a way to gain clarity on what’s next for your career, then this is the perfect exercise. For many of us, we will learn that we have a pretty amazing situation, and we want more of the same. For a select few, it’s time to take massive action and change our attitude, or change our job. Both are great options. The only constant in life is change. Here’s to a new year and a new you.