Surprises happen all the time. Some are grand, while others are not so good. People cannot revoke permission from participating in unexpected life events in their lives. That would be ideal, especially if it were negative. Unfortunately, the removal of such occasions would impede our development of character building into mature, responsible upstanding citizens of our communities. Some may not really care about character building, but when you come to the realization that there is truth in the saying “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong…..; but time and chance happens to them all.” In this season, times of uncertainty are upon us. We now anticipate their arrival instead of doubting its existence. It is for certain that you will encounter uncertainty. So, if that’s the case, what do I do when we meet?
- Do only those things that YOU have complete CONTROL over. This allows you to minimize unnecessary worry, as you are now focused on immediate task(s) to execute.
- Do NOT react or respond to outside stimuli. What does this mean? Turn down the voices who have no personal interest at stake – temporarily disconnect from the news, social media, drama, etc. That sounds really easy to say but why and how would I not respond?
- Because you have a PLAN that you CONTROL. History has proven that uncertainty is an integral part of life, so putting a LIFE PLAN in place, sets you ahead of the unexpected. You are the master of your future, so capture what does that look like and where are you going. The question is not ‘IF’ life throws you a curve ball, but ‘WHEN’. So, when that speed ball zooms by, your first response is to visit the plan that you put in place.
- Have a back-up plan to your original plan. So, in the event Plan A is not viable you have Plan B-C as safeguards.
- Update your resume. Technically, updating your resume should be in your ‘plan.’ But , just in case the busyness of life distracted you, take the time to thoroughly identify your latest acquired skills, most recent accomplishments that added the most value and impact for the organization.
These are just a few steps that I’ve taken when I’ve experienced a layoff, down-size and/or re-organizational changes. Remember you have CONTROL!