Question for Meg:
“I love my job and the company I work for, but the compensation is really low for what I’m doing. The thought of leaving really stresses me out, but staying is turning my money situation into a house of cards. What should I do?”
Trying to live in a house of cards is a prescription for a whole lot of stress! It’s got to be making you really tense and uneasy while you wait for the next passing breeze to blow the whole thing down.
The fact is change – any kind of change – is always stressful because anything unfamiliar will generate stress. Sometimes change is exciting and fun, but of course it can also be painful and scary. Either way, it’s always possible to balance the stress of change with the simple truth that this change is a necessary part of taking care of yourself.
You probably don’t need me to tell you that not taking care of your basic needs puts you directly in the firing line of extreme stress. So use the stress you feel about leaving a job you love to motivate you move in a new direction toward a life that really works for you.
Keep in mind that change is always a step-by-step process, not a single decision. So take each baby step in the natural process of change with your eye on the prize: a life that dependably supports your well-being and peace of mind.
If you have the aptitude and desire to work at a job with a company you love, then there’s no reason to believe you can’t find a similar situation that also compensates you fairly. Don’t let your fear that you can’t have it stop you from doing what you need to do to take good care of yourself.
Take good care : )