"woman looking for a new job"Ready to leave the job that is killing your soul? by Shann Vander Leek

If you are ready to leave your job, have lost your job, or have been toying with the idea of starting your own company because you want to live your life on your own terms (liberated, fearless, expressing yourself, doing what you love). The following thoughts and questions could be all of the inspiration you need to take your first steps towards personal liberation.

Writing on the Wall

How do you know when it’s time to make the leap from dancing in a cage for a paycheck to living your life on your terms? Here are some obvious signs:

1. Are you feeling under-challenged and under-rewarded?

2. Are you using up all of your sick time, regardless of whether you’re actually sick?

3. Do you dread going into the office every day?

4. Are you tired of reporting to a boss who seems clueless, disinterested, or out-of-touch?

5. Have you hit your company’s proverbial “glass ceiling”?

If you answered yes to more than two of these questions, you may be ready to move on.


Learning to rely on your personal strengths while being mindful of your resources is a valuable lesson for any aspiring entrepreneur.

1. What is your current skill set?

2. What are your core talents and strengths?

3. Which areas need attention or further education?

4. What will it take to get your financial life in order before you make the leap?

5. Can you pinpoint the time in your life when you were happiest? What did that look like?

Your individual strengths and interests become your gauge for defining and designing your new life. You get to choose what you do with your time and energy. You simply MUST discover what you love.

Letting Go of Fear

Fear is the biggest saboteur of your auspicious goal to reinvent yourself. In order to move past the stage of your initial “I’ll do it!” you will probably need to face at least one major fear.

1. When you think about striking out in pursuit of your passion, what do the critical voices in your head say about it?

2. Are your fears grounded in reality, or is your inner critic conjuring them to keep you “safe?”

3. What is holding you back from creating your life as you wish it to be?

4. What is the worst case scenario for moving forward on your new path?

5. If you weren’t afraid what kind of experiences would you explore?

You CAN do the things you think you can’t do. So take a deep breath, do your research, create a meaningful plan, and ask for help with the implementation.

It has been my observation that healthy personal development, as well as success in business, absolutely depends on aligning your business goals with your lifestyle choices and core values. You could stay small, you could play it safe. But that’s not a life, that’s just existing. At this moment, everything is up for review and change.

Want to learn more about creating your life on your terms? Vander Leek expands on some of the lessons highlighted here in her newest book. Order an autographed copy today at www.lifeonyourtermsbook.net As a special bonus, all orders placed from this web site will receive a copy of Shann’s special report, Navigating the 4 Stages of Transition. Life on Your Terms is also available at Amazon.com.

Shann Vander Leek, successful television broadcast maven turned international life on your terms accelerator, yogini and author of Life on Your Terms: The Support You Need to Follow Your Passion From Inspirational Entrepreneurs. Unconventional and delightfully curious; she is a wildly sought-after transition coach who inspires powerful women in career transition to get focused now, follow their passion and create more balance in their lives. Shann invites you to step on the gas and accelerate your life on your terms with her signature Accelerator Sessions. You can find her on Twitter @ShannVanderLeek or at www.truebalancelifecoaching.com