I have been receiving a number of calls from people who unfortunately have succumbed to the market condition and lost their jobs. I feel for them from the bottom of my heart, but according to me, the most important thing is that it could turn out to be the best possible thing that has happened to them.
A little more than couple of years ago, I decided to give up my corporate life and resign from a mundane nine to five job without even an inkling of of plan as to what I would be doing on my own. Some things which got me this far are what each one of you can work on if you happen to be facing a job loss or your near and dear ones are going through the same.
Follow your passion:I know this is easier said than done. When one is sure what he/she is passionate about then I can guarantee you that there will be nothing called as failure. I worked on refining my own vision by researching market opportunities and most importantly assessing my own talents. It was never easy figuring out what exactly I wanted to do but what I did notice in my journey is that certain things kept drawing me back. I have always been passionate about health and fitness and helping people understand their true potential. This made me get into what I do now as a full time Professional Life & Wellness Coach which is inspiring others and uplifting them . I realized that I was so passionate about this and have never felt like I have been working for the past couple of years.Somewhere down the line I am glad that I am living the Steve Jobs line of : “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
Do the hard work: Hopes and dreams are what inspire but without hard work, they never materialize. I knew what my passion was. I knew that I was especially good with people, could connect with them and understand their anguish extremely fast. I set out to create the way to make this a full time profession. I really had no idea as to how the next two years would play out but I was certain that there was no bridges for me to go back if I wanted to. I see a similar scenario with people who have lost their jobs in this uncertainty.There were many experiences in the last couple of years which were comical and did intimidate me for sure. However I saw that every experience was an education which is priceless. Doing the job is the best way to learn and Lack of knowledge or experience should never be an excuse.
Never lose the faith: I have met many naysayers during the journey and never allowed them to change my belief structure. What mattered was that I believed in my own vision and worked constantly to defend my ideas. I had studied that Life Coaching is extremely successful in transforming people, because it is a proven method for transforming people throughout the world & across cultures. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. It’s the only way to have faith and determination and to overcome the obstacles and the self-doubt that will surely come anytime you try to do something difficult. Remember “It’s only impossible if you stop to think about it.”
Seek Counsel: I have worked hard to ensure that people who are looking for changing their life and want to get unstuck find me in the sea of information available to them. Each day I have worked on using technology to the maximum advantage and reached out to people who have been kind enough to help me in connecting with the right people to augment my own profession. You have to get out there and extend your network. Being able to seek counsel from experienced individuals has been invaluable and has helped minimize my mistakes to the bare minimum.
You have nothing to lose: Many people are inhibited from doing what they want, because they feel they have something to lose. Pursuing my own vision and building something of value to each person’s life I touch is what matters to me. Ensuring that this is ingrained in my subconscious, helps me to be more fearless, willing to take risks and ultimately, less afraid of failure. Once you make this your bigger picture then there would be nothing which can stop you from living your vision.
I am not sure how many of you have become extremely insecure by seeing the job losses around you. The one thing for sure is that we are living in a very uncertain time and the one who can anticipate as to what’s round the corner is sure to survive. I hope these thoughts of mine have made you realise that losing a job is not a dead end but on the contrary you can make it like me a new beginning. Would love to hear from you on my thoughts to this article on my Facebook Fan Page or on firstname.lastname@example.org