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The Weight of Leaving the Comfort Zone

The most successful entrepreneur or athlete is not always in the driver's seat or director's chair on long-term contracts.  Whether you are in a profession because it pays the bills or it is the dream career that you love, it is hard to leave the familiarity when it must come to an end.  Sometimes it is abrupt as in the case of injury or inability to move as quickly as in the prime for athletes.  Other times, there is a known expiration date on a contract that will not be extended due to budgetary reasons, change of direction, or lack of interest.  Regardless of the circumstance, it is hard to move on from a place of familiarity.

Here are some tips on easing the burden of leaving the comfort zone.
  1. Accept the reality that it is over and expect to walk away having given your best performance.  Even if an offer to extend the contract is provided, at least you can walk away with pride and dignity in all of the great work ethic.
  2. Preparation is key but sometimes unexpected things occur.  Plan at least 6 months out to ensure monthly obligations can be met - both business and personal.  No matter how great you are, there is someone competing at a discount.  Therefore, do not count on another contract being picked up right away.  Curb the spending until you sign on the dotted line.  
  3. Evaluate options carefully without being too self-entitled.  Sometimes the arrogance can get in the way of great opportunities and successful negotiations.  Be humble and appreciative that you may get another opportunity.  The humility will always win in the end.
  4. Be positive and silently release any negative feelings about no longer having the contractual obligation.  Now I don't mean leave monies owed on the table.  However do not harbor ill feelings that will only make you appear like damaged goods for the next contract.
There is a difference between the long-term franchise, contributor, and role player.  The former normally controls when he leaves the contractual agreement.  The latter two can be up for grabs based on the market, ownership, and the management.  Be prepared and know that you will always be where you are supposed to be.  That should be the only comfort zone!

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