Monday, January 26, 2009

Are you prepared?

I just finished reading that yet another company was preparing to lay off several thousand workers. And, while this news is depressing, it is hardly surprising. Layoffs are coming fast and furious in a variety of industries. At times, no one seems safe. At the same time, I have clients calling and asking about changing jobs and finding something that will give them more purpose.

It's enough to make your head spin. People losing jobs by the thousands. People who have jobs looking for more meaningful work. It leads back to a simple question:

Are you prepared to pursue the life and the job that you really want?

For that matter, have you given any thought to the life and job that you really want?

Life has a way of sneaking up on us. We move from day to day, week to week, and year to year propelled down the river of life; not really knowing where the river is headed, but too busy to stop and look at a map and plan our destination. We go to work each morning in a job we don't enjoy, but haven't thought about what job we really do enjoy. We follow a familiar pattern in our life that takes us to the same places, meeting the same people, and doing the same things again and again.

The people who are losing their jobs MAY just be the lucky ones. For once in their life they don't have a job to go to. They don't have a routine to follow, and don't have the safety net of a weekly paycheck. Perhaps this is the time for them to take a step back, look at the life they have created, and decide to change it.

It's sad that it takes something as dramatic as a layoff to make this happen. Because, most of these people will not be prepared for the new opportunities that COULD be in front of them.

Are you prepared? Have you thought about the life and job that you really want? If you haven't, when will you? Will you wait until it's forced on you through a job loss, or will you take the initiative to think about the life you really want?

It's something to think about BEFORE you get that call or note from your boss.

Until next time....

Dave Meyer
ECI Learning Systems LLC

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