We were watching an episode the other night and they were talking about the gravitational pull between planets and their moons. The graphics they use provide a great visual for the concept they're talking about. Watching it, it occurred to me, how that gravitational pull is exactly the same pull many people feel towards jobs and organizations that aren't right for them.
Many of us have orbited at a company for long past when we should have. Why? Oh, there's lots of reasons: money, security, status, title, identity, fear of change, fear of the unknown. Those issues (and hundreds more) are the gravitational pull that keeps us there - stuck in the rotation.
Only a seismic shift, a huge exertion of energy can blast us out of that orbit. And for some, it's just too much to consider or attempt. So we stay stuck, until either we just can't take it any more, at which point we become desperate and we make decisions and take actions that aren't in our best interest. Or we are let go.
When we're let go, and we haven't prepared for being released from our safe and comfortable orbit, we feel like we're hurling through space with no direction, no tether to anything solid.
That's why this process is so difficult. To blast ourselves or to be blasted out of our orbit is painful. It's not something you want to do on your own. Find your rocket fuel, find your direction. 5...4...3...2...1.... ;)