Some employees are content with the present jobs they have occupied for years. They entrust their future careers to fate and the most that they hope for is to retain their jobs until retirement. Others have not been as lucky during the economic downturn; they realized too late that relying on fate or the benevolence of their employer may not be the best strategy. So what happens if you’re one of the unlucky ones? I have outlined three options for you to consider:


Redirect your perception and attention. Losing your job may seem to be a very negative thing. However, if you perceive work as mere occupations and not as careers then what actually happened is you lost a paycheck. If you had a career and lost your position you did not lose your career, you simply lost your existing position. In both cases, you will find another job, another position, and another source of income. Don’t panic. Instead of reacting out of fear, take the time to determine what you want to do next. What type of position would you be passionate about? What would it take for you to get it? Do you need more schooling? Do you want to start your own business? What is it that you really want to do? What has been holding you back? Remember that financial insecurity is not the whole picture. What else has prevented you from doing work you love?


Read books, articles, consult with a coach, determine what it would take in terms of action, time and finances to identify, pursue and secure fulfilling work or to advance in your career. Coming up with a plan of action will eliminate fear and increase a sense of purpose. Become proactive in your career plans. No matter how rough the marketplace, you can always choose your career path and regain control of your professional destiny.

Take the Leap.

I often ask my clients “what’s your word?”. Your “word” is the thing that you are particularly good at. The thing that only you can do the way you do it. Your gift. It can almost always be summed up in one word, usually a verb. For some it’s “teach” for others it may be “heal” for others it may be “sell”. It’s your gift, the talent you were born with. Other people will know your word, even if you’re unsure. It emanates. It’s apparent, in many cases, to everyone else but not to us. However, deep down, we know our word. The question becomes, “are you doing work that is in alignment with your word?” If not, why not? If you are out of work, congratulations. This is the best thing that could have happened to you. Even if you take another temporary job doing the same thing you did before, what will be different this time is that you know this job is a means to a greater end. It’s time to pursue your life’s work. Are you ready to create a plan of action and take the leap?

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

~George Bernard Shaw~


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