Let Go of Your Safety Net

Rockclimberrestings Sometimes women stay in unfulfilling jobs, relationships and situations for much longer than they should. One reason they stay is the false sense of safety such situations create. As the old expression goes "better the devil you know". The upside is that if you leave one devil, there may not actually be another one waiting! The safety net shows up in a high-paying but boring job, steady but unsatisfying relationships, comfortable but negative thought patterns and materialistic goals that are ultimately unfulfilling. These offer the illusion of security but allow no vision of what life could be like on the other side of the net. The truth is, you cannot get to where you want to go if you stay in the same place. True, there are no assurances about what is on the other side of that net, but what I can promise is that if it is truly a big enough jump, it will be different from what you had before (which is often incentive enough) and that the mere fact you made the change will positively impact the way you feel about yourself and help cushion your landing on the other side.   

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  • mhairi

    I have experienced this in the past and have literally just been faced with it again.
    Not only that, but I have a friend who left a job where she was bullied and underpaid, to get another two grades up with colleagues who really value her.
    I hate to say never, but there is RARELY another devil, more often there’s a better way