Yes, these are challenging times. But, worrying changes absolutely nothing and it can actually make you physically sick! You cannot change anything that has already happened, even one second ago, so don’t focus on the past.
You DO have an opportunity to change and influence your future, starting NOW!
- Turn off your TV, computer, Blackberry, iPhone, iPod (whatever takes your attention away from your priorities). Start making a plan for what you want to do next and how you will implement. Then DO IT!
- Stop sending out massive emails and resumes to on-line job ads. That tactic doesn’t work anymore. Since approximately 85% of jobs are found through networking, your chances are less than 15% in getting a job just by posting to ads online. Start calling your contacts and getting out to meet and network with people live.
- Don’t call your friends to commiserate. Instead, when you do call them, set a timer for 15 to 20 minutes, max. Ask them how you may help them or call just to give encouragement. Take turns talking about positive steps that each of you can take toward fulfilling your work, career, and business goals. Make a list of how you can help hold each other accountable (in love).
- DO Limit your time on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Set a timer for 15 to 30 minutes once early during the day and once in the evening for personal scanning and posting time. Use 30 minutes to 1 hour of daily work time to search those sites for jobs or work opportunities or to promote your business and services. Be careful not to get pulled into other links and sites that can take you off focus and into “never-never land” exploration on the web!
It is time to be pro-active and take massive action. FOCUS on what you CAN do and “press on” to what lies ahead.
The wise person knows they cannot find new opportunity alone and that they need the help and advice of others professionally, financially and especially spiritually during a difficult time. They also know that part of their purpose is to reach out to “pay it forward” to help others in need during this time.
Remember that even if the unemployment rate reaches 10%, 90% are STILL employed!!!
THERE IS OPPORTUNITY OUT THERE FOR YOU! But you must be flexible, adaptable and willing to change how, where, and what you are doing to earn a living like never before.
Get moving immediately to put your “Plan B” into action!