There is an apocryphal story that a frog will stay in a pan of cold water and boil alive if you heat it up slowly. The frog adapts its body temperature and doesn’t realise the danger until too late.

Many people hang on to a job too long out of fear of what they have to lose or of an unknown future. The danger is they lose motivation and become less effective. The moral of the story is to look for the signs your job sucks before your well being suffers serious damage.

Here are 7 common signs it’s time to learn to leap and what to do about it:

  1. Do you dread going into work more often than not? Take some time out to reflect on the causes and symptoms or change your environment temporarily to refresh yourself.
  2. Are you falling out with colleagues regularly or constantly irritated? Learn mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
  3. Are your personal values no longer aligned with the company values? Do a self-audit, revisit what is really important to you in your life right now and align your actions to your personal truth.
  4. Does the work you have been doing over a long period of time no longer stimulate you? Speak to your boss to create different opportunities in the short-term and discuss with a mentor or career coach to explore other job and career options.
  5. Have you become institutionalised and stopped asking the question ‘why do we do things this way?’ Go and visit other workplaces to expose yourself to fresh ways of doing things.
  6. Do you find yourself envying other people and wish you had their job? Shadow them for a day (the grass isn’t always greener) and speak to motivated people who are making personal change happen.
  7. Is there something you have always wanted to do and its pull is becoming greater than staying where you are? Take the first step, explore, then make a decision!

How many of these did you tick? What are you going to do about it and when? Act your way into a new way of thinking and what you absorb you will become. Just ask a frog.