Three Signs of Misery

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Patrick is one of the best in the business.

When it comes to articulating thoughts on the world of work and how it can be performed at a higher level, Patrick has few peers. As a distinguished speaker/author he has more than earned the respect directed his way through his contributions such as “Five Dysfunctions of a Team”.

Patrick Lencioni’s newest book has me thinking though.

What if you replaced the word “job” with the words “marriage”, “relationship” or “friendship”?

Would his theory still apply and have relevance?

See for yourself.

Recently, a friend of mine was confiding in me about some deeply personal and most troubling issues at home. Despite being a professional success, this person was feeling some of the things that Patrick talked about in the above video. But, at the end of the day, this individual – just like you and I – has only three choices when it comes to any career or relationship crossroads.

1. Stay – and fight for what you believe in; knowing it may require an inordinate amount of blood, sweat, tears, turmoil and tough love.

2. Stay – and sell out; knowing deep down your dreams have been placed on a fear-based altar of self-sacrifice, self-loathing, self-pity or whatever victimized blanket you choose to wrap yourself up in.

3. Leave – and pursue new possibilities with whatever the world sends your way.

Those are the only three options anyone of us ever have when considering some of the tougher career and life decisions we have to deal with.

Your life and the job/career/relationships you enjoy (or not) represent the sum total of all your choices.

And you always have a choice.

“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant”


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