It’s Okay To Pass Up A Promotion: Key Steps To Making The Right Decisions In Your Career

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By Lindsey Morando

It’s Okay To Pass Up A Promotion: Key Steps To Making The Right Decisions In Your Career

When I started at lululemon, I still had 5 marketing clients. I was looking to eventually phase the clients out, but wasn’t even sure how to go about doing that. There were a few components that were still missing in my career at this point and if you would have asked me then, I wouldn’t know how to tell you what they were. But as with anything, looking back, it is all crystal clear.

The first was that I had taken on lululemon as a part time job. I was on the floor, in the action. At that point, I was already 7 years into my marketing career and quite frankly, I was taking some steps back in my career because, I told myself, these steps back were necessary if I wanted to move forward.

But here was the problem. I started to see that I loved the company and I really wanted to pursue a career with them. With that meant that I had to cut back on marketing clients to go full time, which I wanted to do, but that also meant that I was going to be struggling financially. And this was where the problem came in.

When you decide to take steps back to take steps forward, you have to realize a few things.

First, you are going to be following the career path that company wants for you. Second, you may have to make some financial sacrifices. And lastly, it doesn’t happen overnight. And this is where the bitterness came in.

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I had years of experience, but none of which matched the positions that were available and I didn’t want to wait. Quite frankly, I didn’t think I should have to wait. I didn’t see it at the time, but my pride was having a hard time taking a back seat.

For the first year there, I helped to run one of their showrooms, which was amazing! It was one of my favorite jobs I’ve ever had. I was out in the community, working out, meeting people, doing everything I loved to do! But when the very few marketing positions came available, I was never considered for them because of my lack of store experience. And the bitterness grew.

So the time finally came and I knew I had to make a choice. If I was going to stay with the company and move forward, I needed to move into the store position (the showroom is a little different). So I took the plunge. I packed up and moved to open a lululemon store in Palm Desert. And this was when I started to realize that the career path that was available in the company, was not the one for me. This was a hard realization. I had moved my life out there, after all. I never had the intention of leaving and just 4 months into being there, I found myself miserable, every single day.

This was all too familiar to my career path in my 20′s. I didn’t want to be there again.

If I am being completely honest, when I look back, these feelings were because I was following their path, not my own. I was trying to be who they wanted me to be and not taking the time to think about what would make me happy.

You see, the sacrifices, including the financial stress, well…all of that is fine if you are on the path that you want to take. If you are truly pursuing your goals and dreams and it fits within your purpose. If that’s the case, you will do what it takes and those things won’t matter as much. But if you aren’t being authentic to who you are and where you want to go, if you are trying to live your company’s dream instead of your own, you will continue chasing outside things to bring you happiness. In reality, your happiness starts within.

4 Things To Pay Attention To When Making Important Changes (career or otherwise)

1. Gut check is key (my gut was screaming no)
. If it doesn’t feel right, chances are, it’s not.

2. Just because it is the path your company wants you to go on, doesn’t mean it is the right path for you.
 And that’s okay.

3. Ask yourself, “am I the person that wants to move around for a job?” “How bad do I want it?” And be okay with your answer, even if it isn’t what you think you’re supposed to do.

4. Remove words like “should” from these decisions. Don’t ask your soul what you “should” do, ask “what do you want to do?” Be honest with yourself. There is no right or wrong.

5. Ask yourself, “how does this fit into my 3-5 year plan?” And if you don’t have a plan, now is a good time to start writing down your goals. Think about your ideal life – what does it look like, smell like, feel like. Get really clear.

Maybe the end result is turning down that promotion. Or, maybe it means you don’t take on that extra project. The key here is pursuing the path that is best for you and your purpose. But once you know what you want and what you are willing – or not willing – to do to get there,  it’s much easier to circle back to make those big decisions.

About the Author

Lindsey Morando (1)

Lindsey Morando comes from over 13 years of marketing experience in all different industries (including fitness, restaurant, retail and much more)! She is the author of It’s Just The Beginning, Break Up, Get Up & Walk Away ( She loves strategizing, helping entrepreneurs make the impossible, possible and helping people find their inner-gift and share it with the world.

She spent her 20’s going from the restaurant industry as a Director of Marketing to most recently begin the co-founder of marketing co-op ( with a lot of jobs in between. To her, it is not the resume experience that matters; it is the failures, successes and the lessons learned in between that have truly shaped her journey.

Her purpose is simple. Regardless of the industry and/or personal background, she longs to be a real and raw voice about failures, success stories and life experiences in love, life and business. To help those that don’t know where to start and give hope in making the impossible seem possible. And most importantly, to help people find their purpose, tell their STORY, and make a difference in this world.

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Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.

As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.


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