Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.~ Gilda Radner
It may seem silly to look at a lay off or job pressures as an adventure. When your paycheck is threatened and you face mounting stress, life doesn’t feel like much fun, let alone an adventure. So how do you get there? To the place where you embrace life as an adventure?
Let’s look at what adventure is. Adventure is participating in activities with an exciting, unknown or risky outcome. And it’s one thing to seek them out and another to have them thrust upon you!
How do you participate when your participation is, well, not your idea? The key lies in how you respond. You have to participate. You can’t sit on the sidelines. To embrace adventure is to take action, one step at a time. Does that sound doable?
You may ask, “What’s in it for me”? “What do I gain by taking action”? “Even small steps”? Great questions. Two things: confidence and trust. Confidence in your ability to face and overcome challenges. Trust in yourself that you have what it takes to do what needs to be done. Would you like to have that kind of confidence and trust?
Embracing adventure is really about taking action, no matter how you feel. Are you willing to give it a try? Are you willing to start by taking one step? Here are some examples of people embracing their job adventures.
Walter is surrounded by empty offices due to layoffs. What hurt the most was the loss of his boss. For years he enjoyed his mentorship and protection. Now, for the first time, Walter has the courage to step out and drive his own career. He no longer expects to be taken care of. What has he gained? Confidence. Yes, he’s still concerned about losing his job. But knows he’s up for the challenge no matter what happens. He actively seeks out job leads and builds his network.
Tony, Walter’s boss, has accomplished much in his four months of unemployment. He has embraced his job search and has solid job leads. His adventure also includes the possibility of starting a new business! He’s connected with his knack for making outdoor furniture. Better still, Tony’s been approached by buyers. He is even investigating selling pieces on-line and is enjoying exploring his options. Instead of sitting home trapped in fear and uncertainty, he is pushing himself to action and reaping the benefits.
Then there is Karen. Several years ago she approached me for a job as an escape hatch from the pressures she faced. She had lost peace, calm, and confidence that she would endure a significant work crisis. She, too, tackled her uncertainty through action. Knowing she had options allowed her to embrace her circumstances head on. Not only did she make it through her crisis, she went on to thrive during the uncertainty of a merger. Since then, Karen has enjoyed two promotions! She now sees her job as a continuous adventure.
Yes, looking for a job has an uncertain outcome. It is an adventure! You can’t control many things – the timing, the position or the place. What you can control is your attitude and outlook, along with your actions.
Take action, build your confidence and flex your trust muscles knowing that you, too, can successfully embrace your job adventure.