This 'Management Tip of the Day" from Harvard sums up my present feelings absolutely.
MARCH 24, 2010, 3 Reasons You Shouldn't Leave Your Job
You may be unhappy, fed up, and ready to bolt from your job. Instead of running out the door, take a deep breath and consider these three reasons to stay where you are — at least for now:
1. Relationships matter more than money. You may think you can find a job that will pay you more, but you will be leaving behind a wealth of relationships. When weighing your options, don't forget the value of the network you have now.
2. It's less urgent than you think. Job seekers who are desperate to get out of a job tend to do less research about potential employers. Strategically plan your next career move instead of running away.
3. You're likely overestimating yourself. Research shows that most job seekers overestimate their skills and prospects. Before you leave, take the time to do a realistic assessment of what you have to offer.
This is one area that I battle with quite a bit. Whenever things aren't going quite right, the politics are too much to handle or I just get sick of the BS my first inclination is to look elsewhere for employment opportunites. That is the subjective view.
But when I sit back and take stock objectively of where I am at as far as career development and the opportunities afforded to me - I am actually in an excellent place of work right now. Am I thinking of leaving - no, probably not. I think I'll just wait and see what comes along.