No one wants to get laid off, and it can feel like a disaster when it hits home. But at times, these unexpected turns in your career, lead to a brighter path.
Finding herself (not unexpectedly) laid off, this young woman could have laid down with her tail between her legs, dog tired, and cowered in the corner.
Instead, she perked up and realized it for the opportunity it was – a chance to make her part-time venture a full-time career, and one that she loves at that!
Turns out she was a lucky dog after all!!
If finding a new job is on your list of to-do’s this December, you may think you should skip this month and get back to it in the New Year. Not so, say these experts; January is actually the most competitive job searching month of the year.
Here are some great ways to capitalize on the season to give yourself the gift of landing that job sooner rather than later.
If it’s time for a career change, here are some simple tips to help you slow down and take that next step intentionally. Rather than rushing or running away, take the time to get to know yourself, know what matters, and be mindful in your steps.
As this author expresses, this is ultimately about you, and when you tend to your true needs and desires, everyone benefits – family, friends, and coworkers.
I promised you the third installment and here it is: Video THREE is about the third block to clarity: BELIEFS
“But I can’t make a change right now.”
We’ve heard it all.
You can’t make a change because of the money, the mortgage, the college, the debt, the _______________. We don’t doubt there’s truth to that, but we also know there’s a way to get past all those obstacles.
Our third and final video walks you through the third block to clarity- beliefs.
Watch to understand how to get to the other side of the blocks and then JOIN Laura for a chance to do the WHOLE Now What?® Program with her guidance at a fraction of the cost of one-on-one coaching.
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“What’s the outcome? What can I count on? Am I going to get what I want?”
These are the worries that derail process. They disrupt the flow and bring things to an abrupt stop like hitting the brakes on your car while in full 50 mile an hour motion. ABRUPT and JARRING to say the least. Dangerous too.
Whether the process is an experiment in a science lab, a rehearsal for a play, a career coaching engagement (three months minimum), or sitting in the chair for a haircut, the hoped-for result is hard to attain when you don’t allow the process to unfold.
Are you conducting a job search and getting frustrated? Are you trying to find answers to what you should do with your life? Are you trying to lose weight to less-than-stellar results? Are you trying to write a book? Multitudes of activities that don’t get finished instantly require surrendering to the process. What becomes difficult is staying consistent, open and present when the changes are not evident yet.
How to surrender to the process?
I recently worked with two women who were trying to find their next career move. They started working with me around the same time. One has quit in frustration and the other is having doors open and possibilities prevail. She has set a date for when she’ll leave her current job and she’s full of positive expectation.
The difference between them?
One surrendered to the process and the other put the brakes on every day to make sure she was not being cheated or tricked or sent barking up the wrong tree. She lived in distrust and fear—distrust of me and the process and distrust in herself and her abilities. But mostly, distrust in the notion that good things could be awaiting her.
The first woman, who was getting results, took the plunge, did her homework, took the scary steps, kept her head down focusing on consistency, and not measuring results at every turn.
She is now very clear on what she needs to be happy in a career and is networking her way to her next opportunity. When she started, less than three months ago, she felt trapped without any clues as to where to go next or what to pursue. There were no possibilities at all. That’s not the case now.
I think of surrendering to a process the way one would climb a mountain. I’ve never climbed one like Everest or Denali so let’s stick to a steep hike up a New England ski mountain in the summer. You know you have a long way to go. If you keep looking up it’s discouraging, but if you keep putting one foot in front of the other, taking in the view of how far you’ve come every now and then as you rest, you will make your destination.
If instead, you curse every step and keep looking up to the top (the finish line) it’s easy to lose your balance and maybe even trip and fall. It’s not that you can’t ever look to the top or to where you are headed, but it has to be kept in a positive perspective as encouragement, not punishment.
Process can be hard and it can be painful but more painful is our own judgment of it.
When we rail against it and curse it and judge ourselves for not being stellar, it just makes matters worse. It takes a certain detachment to surrender to a process. The delicate balance of giving something your all but being able to hold off any judgment of how it’s going is an art in itself. Oddly enough, it’s absolutely necessary to get the best results.
Let’s not forget the underlying enemy to it all—loss. To change anything means to give up something. As much as we want a change, many cling to the pain they know because the familiar is less scary than the unknown. That results in never leaving the gate. Never putting your foot on the mountain. Never getting to the top in exchange for the safety of the bottom.
Keep walking. Keep stepping. You don’t have to run. It’s not a race. It’s just change.
“Are we there yet?!” Are we where yet?—-2014 is quickly approaching its close. Did you get where you intended? If not, it’s not to late. You can still get there—stop measuring and up the action. Include your 2015 plans in your next steps too.
Let me know how we can help.
The last few years have felt like they’ve been speeding by and this one is on steroids compared to them. I feel catapulted into outer space by the speed at which time flies. Oddly, the feeling bookends the individual days that seem to have plenty of time in them.
The push and pull, pulse-racing and deep breathing seems to be the ying and yang of recent times and I think it reflects what happens for the clients I work with on their careers. The rhythm of life and business don’t have a steady pace. It ebbs and flows and so does your career search or your ability to move ahead.
Can you harness that or control it? The key is to be ready for it and expect it. Circumstances don’t stay good or bad. Things are always in flux.
The way to deal with it is to create conditions you can control. You can control (or at least plan) a structure within which to work on the changes you want to create. Be consistent in those actions. For example, if you are looking into what you might do next or you are sending out resumes, keep doing the research and wallpapering the internet with your resume no matter what. Repetition is key.
I’ve recently started to step up my exercise regime after a long streak of doing minor amounts of physical activity due mostly to back issues. I hate working out so much it was easy to let the smallest amount of pain keep me from trying. However, the middle-age spare tire has been growing and the lazy streak had to stop. I’ve had to get back up to speed slowly—first taking restorative yoga classes and aerial yoga which is very easy on the body. Finally, it was time to take an intermediate level class. After the first one, I couldn’t walk for five days. Once I could walk, I came back every other day. My level of fitness is increasing. Weight loss will come but consistency is going to be the most important factor. I’m not back to doing a headstand or handstand. I am not back to full flexibility but I know it will come if I keep up consistent action. I know that they gym with weights and cardio will interest me again as I keep feeling better and wanting to build strength further and further.
Here is what I want you to take away from this. Consistent action. We can’t wait to see success. We have to just keep building and stop measuring the results.
Obviously, you are not going to persist if something is not working at all but with steady, consistent work peppered with the occasional burst of high-intensity creativity and action will get results. Just don’t give up. I’m saying that to myself too.
I worked with Scott in the last year on figuring out what he wanted to do with his life. We succeeded at gaining clarity on what his next career move needed to include to gain the satisfaction he was missing. When we parted ways, his job was to keep networking to make his way into a new field. What transpired over consistent action and time (less then four months) was that he was approached by a vendor he worked with through his job to lead their $800 million company. Scott’s story will appear in the updated and revised anniversary edition of Now What? coming out March 2015 so stay tuned for details.
Be consistent. Keep on your career quest. I’ll keep going to the (yoga) mat. Time won’t stand still for us but we will be less at the effect of it if we stay the course.
(Whose idea was it to put a coach in the home of the UNCOACHABLESTM?)
I have to use great skill to rally support for unpopular notions even if that notion is a vacation to Alaska rather than Disney World. (OK, my husband was with me on that one) Our family can’t even agree on a movie to watch or which restaurant to grab a quick meal at. I have to find openings where there aren’t any and I have to be creative in my approach to each person and each issue.
What does all this have to do with you, the reader of a career transition blog? A lot.
If you’re in a job search or researching a new idea for your next career move or you’re testing the feasibility of a business idea or anything that requires discipline and determination, you have to do the same. Find openings where there are none and approach each situation with creativity.
You need DOGGED DETERMINATION.
How do we develop determination and tenacity?
You have to REALLY want it—How can you be determined and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed if you don’t really want what you are after in the first place? You have to want tenacity and you have to want what you are after. REALLY want it.
Yes, we sometimes have to do things just out of need or responsibility, but finding something behind your quest that inspires you is essential to sticking with it.
Humans need a strong WHY to move forward. Find your WHY, love your WHY, and commit to your WHY!
You have to narrow your focus—Throwing it out there and see what sticks isn’t the best strategy. Even if you have several areas of interest, narrow it down to two or three until you feel you have exhausted every possibility. Then, add another focus if needed. Determination can’t be spread thin. It needs a very distinct target.
Create daily accountability—Whether it’ll be a reward system you set up for yourself, work with a partner/buddy to keep pace with or you are one of the lucky ones who can keep promises to yourself really well, determination builds with the union of heart, mind and action. What will you do today towards ‘the dream’?
Be creative and ignore the norm— Most people get very stymied by the lack of response to their conventional attempts at their goals. No response from a resume or building a website and not getting very many visitors, for example. Developing determination, once at to this point, you have to ask “Got Dogg?!”
Determined people don’t stop at the norm. They bust out and become creative about how to reach their audience whether that be the hiring entity or your audience who buys from you.
This is a tricky area. How do you get creative and still stay within appropriate boundaries? Showing up on a camel dressed in exotic garb may get you attention, but not the job. However, doing such for your new Middle Eastern restaurant in town might bring you customers. Regardless, the point is to find the openings and opportunities to do things differently and get used to sticking out.
As one of my advisors, Vince Poscente, told me recently: “You have to do what your competition is not willing to do.”
You can build the determination muscle for yourself. Practice and don’t give up. In the meanwhile, I’ll be determined to keep negotiating with the UncoachablesTM and look to where I am uncoachable myself.
Got Dogg? You better!
What do you do when nothing seems to be happening with your job search? There are options for you that require some imagination, a little creativity, and a willingness to tap into your skills in a new way. Check out this article for some ideas to get you started.