Losing your job before the holidays can seem like the end of the world. Take heart, there are things you can do to change your mindset so that you can deal with your loss, enjoy the holiday season, and move forward with confidence and hope.
Don't give up on you!
Perhaps you’ve been there? Putting your foot on the gas when there’s a hole in your gas tank? In a dysfunctional place where you don't feel you can be authentically you? Or something a little less dramatic -- in a simply boring, dreadful job.
You deserve to be in a job that fulfills you AND pays the bills.
You deserve a job you love!
Does that prospect seem impossible to you? It’s not.
What’s the consequence of continuing in a job that doesn’t inspire you? You got it. Misery. Feeling like a failure. Starting to believe that you are unworthy and incapable. And a whole lot of snow-balling negative beyond that.
You are definitely not a failure. Everyone has something unique to offer. And whether you bring it to the world as a self-employed person or as an employee in a company that deserves you, that choice is up to you!
The first step is to REALLY get to know yourself. So many times, I’ve heard people tell me with exasperation that they've sent out 100 resumes and nothing happened. It’s no wonder! They really weren’t targeting against something they truly wanted or were evitably right for.
I invite my clients to take a step back and invest in themselves before they launch a job search campaign. They need to figure out who they are and what they really, really want first. If not, they will end up in another dead-end, mismatched job that they will regret.
So, what does really getting to know yourself entail? It involves uncovering the following:
- Your Values – What is important to you?
- Your Purpose – What were you meant to do in this world?
- Your Personality – What are your innate preferences and patterns of behaving?
- Your Interests and Passions – What lights you up and gives you energy? Where and how would you love to do it?
I liken this getting to know yourself process to opening a jigsaw puzzle box. Some of the pieces are turned up; some are upside down. On some pieces you can clearly see an image; otherwise, you must put a few together before you see the image emerge.
Depending on our own level of self-awareness, you can piece it all together on your own to determine your career direction. Other times, you can benefit from the guidance of a coach to work with you to illuminate these critical career factors, weigh your options, create an action plan that will ensure your success – and last but not least, stand with you on your journey.
Lisa Petsinis is a certified career and life coach. Contact Lisa today for a complimentary exploratory call to learn more about her coaching services and her Career Exploration Program. Uncover your perfect work and inject more joy into your career and life. You're worth it!