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Bring a dead career back
"I have a great job. I'm just not
earning any money."
"My career has died. My company
merged and my industry is dying. I have no choice."
"I'm really burned out. I've been
missing meetings and losing important documents."
Do these scenarios sound familiar?
Notice a common theme of these scenarios:
"I have no choice."
"I don't know what to do next."
What's your first step?
To stop feeling powerless, reclaim
Sometimes you are at a point in your
life when it's time to do nothing, but inability to act can
signal serious problems, such as clinical depression or anxiety.
If you're willing to move but don't
know what to do, do something different. It doesn't matter
what you do. Take a different route when you walk home. Turn
left instead of right when you walk the dog.
Here are some other ideas:
- Do something alone that you normally
do with others: shopping, traveling, eating in a restaurant.
- Do something in the evening
that you usually do in the morning, or vice versa.
- Change a routine. Can you move
a first-thing-in-the-morning activity to noon? Alter an
evening activity to morning?
Learn something new
Learning a new skill is the greatest
confidence-builder I know. And by gaining mastery over some
portion of your environment, you enhance your power in meaningful
For example, when I adopted my dog,
I experienced a meaningful life transition. As a confirmed
cat-owner, I was accustomed to spoiling my animals and letting
them run the house. With a dog, I had to become a pack leader.
That meant obedience training, for both of us!. Five years
later, I still feel thrilled when strangers stop to compliment
me on my well-behaved dog.
Any skill gives you confidence.
My skill-building was accidental,
but you can plan for skills through continuing education
programs, Learning Annex, and more.
If you've avoided learning computer
skills, take a basic course and then learn how to build
If you've stayed away from Home Depot,
dare to try a carpentry course. Are you a couch potato?
Check out classes in aerobics or yoga.
If you're smart enough to read this
article you won't try the steepest slope at Aspen on your
first ski trip and you won't overextend your heart or tendons
in a high-impact step aerobics class. Adopting a dog is
a lifetime commitment (and a puppy will tax your patience
more than you can imagine). Stay within your own limits.
Bottom Line. There are two ways to
reclaim your power when your world seems to be slipping
Action and Learning
Do something different and learn something
Not always easy -- but guaranteed
to move you out of a dying career and bring life to your
work as well as your soul.
Goodwin, Ph.D., author of Making the Big Move, helps midlife
professionals navigate career and business transitions.
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