I met a friend of mine today. He works at a struggling company where the morale is bad. People are leaving at the first opportunity. With the unemployment situation as it is right now however even good people are stuck in places that are dragging them down.
You may know of someone who feels stuck in a place that isn’t supporting their soul. You may be that person. Heck I’m that person. Not with work but with living away from my “home.”
Conditions aren’t always ideal to make a change. Situations like the economy, the job market and in my case the housing market are very much out of our control. So what then?
You’re probably familiar with the Serenity Prayer…
“God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things that I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference.”
The wisdom here is knowing that national issues aren’t going to change immediately from something that you or I do. Try these Simple Steps when you want to focus on what you can do:
- Acknowledge what you can’t change. (I can’t change the tight employment market./I can’t change the housing market.)
- Identify what pro-active steps that you can take right now to positively position yourself. (Update my resume, set up a LinkedIn Profile and start networking, take course at a local college or vocational school, research alternative careers that I am interested in./Take care of those small projects around the house & yard, save up for moving costs, interview Realtors to find the right one for me.)
- Take action! Prioritize your list and schedule out your plans. Don’t try and do it all at once. What is important is that you move forward towards your goal.
We can’t control everything that goes on around us. What we can do it focus on the positive… And that does feel better!