Thursday 7 May 2015

Changing Countries Weakened My Mojo but I Just Got It Back

Changing jobs always involves adjusting to the new environment and finding your feet again.

Changing countries as well is a career culture shock of epic proportions.

I've been doing this work thing I do for a while and feel pretty comfortable with my method and my madness in achieving any goals I am set. The thing is that being in a new work culture combined with a new country has shaken my confidence in what I do and how well I do it.

A lot of this comes from working with people who have their own very successful ways of doing things that simply aren't my ways. The reality is that there are many ways to achieve the same requirement with each being completely valid.

My skill set involves becoming adept at functioning inside a new environment very quickly. This is why I'm surprised at how long it has taken me to become comfortable with who I am and what I'm doing in my current job.

The environment I work in has many rules and is constantly in a highly productive state of cognitive dissonance. It works but it does involve being brutally decisive and being right a lot.

To me, the only way to be highly decisive and be right a lot is to trust the almost two decades of skills and experience that I have under my belt.  Yes, listen to others but do what you know is right for you in that context.

The two times that I have done something I felt ill at ease with but persisted with anyway, I have come out in a situation that I do not feel went brilliantly.

It is finally starting to dawn on me that I know how to do this job with my eyes closed and as long as I second guess myself, I will not rock it like I normally do.

Although changing jobs and countries weakened my mojo, I've finally found a way to get it back.

She who hesitates is lost. Just go with your gut. 

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