“Our negative bias, which keeps us safe and minimises risk, unfortunately keeps us stuck. To change something in your life you have to start somewhere. Tiny habits puts you over the line towards change, all you have to do is keep looking forward, don’t take a step back, do small achievable steps and you’ll start to create the shift”.
Books can change your life. If you were to spend an hour of time with the author it would cost you a whole lot more than the £9.99 you’ve just spent on their 80,000 words of wisdom. So if all that knowledge and wisdom is out there, why is it still so hard to act? Because we have to know what to do with it. Because we have to believe we can do something with it. Because we have to do something with it. We have to. No-one else.
So read the books. Listen to the webinars. Get people around you to support you all the way. And then take action. Do what the book says. Follow the action. And keep going. Always.
Guest blog by Anonymous contributor. “There are three things I didn’t know when being made redundant that I’ve not heard anyone talk about. There are more than three things I didn’t know clearly, but my point is that these are three things I never heard anyone mention. The first two are lighter, maybe contemporary topics. The third one is a more anxious issue.”
There are some jobs that people just don’t want to find themselves having to work with. But how reassuring to know that if you ever need that help, it’s here, maybe not wearing a cape and flying through the sky, but here.
Have you ever thought about who are you? Do you really know yourself? The way you think about yourself, the way that you define yourself and the way that society and who your social circles are, all influences ‘you’ and therefore the life you are living. Layer than with the things you are good at, the environment and circumstances where you thrive, and you start to get a really good picture on why you are feeling stuck. And how you you can help yourself move forward. You have more answers to help yourself than you think.
Listening to endless uncomfortable stories about how people were made redundant shows there is a real need for support. As someone who has been made redundant, and who has had to tell people their jobs have gone, I can empathise that the situation is challenging and pressured for all parties. Line Managers need as much support as individuals affected. And if this support is in place, then the experience is better for everyone involved.
Too much stuff, too much busyness, too much ‘to-do-list-itous’ is not the same as being productive. The feeling of having ‘a lot on’ is not the same as making progress. And when you finish each day exhausted but you still feel like you haven’t achieved anything, then stuckness sets in.
Most cliche givers means well. Their advice is drawn from set pieces, well-trodden paths, and as Russell Brand says ‘things that people say when they cant think quick enough to say anything else’. It’s painful to hear because it doesn’t feel its offering much. Cliches carry little comfort, wisdom or advice. And often cliches are totally untrue, or at least the sentiment is not true.
What are you supposed to do, because although you are not physically constrained, you are released back into the world, on full pay but you aren’t completely free. You can be called back to work at any time. You definitely can’t start another job, and you really shouldn’t be talking to competitors. So all you can really be doing is… gardening. If you have one.
Tis the season to be jolly. All across the land … corporations will now be reviewing budgets, looking at growth plans and looking to get ‘lean’ so that they can deliver a strong end of year (financial year). And that lean thinking can be solved with getting rid of a few people. Is now the right time to think about volunteering for redundancy? Get your escape plan ready.
So you got made redundant. You went on a wild search to find another job. You found another job. You took that job. It’s now 6 months later and you aren’t feeling great. It’s time to break up with the Rebound job.
What happens when your company goes out of business? You start the job hunt. You sign on at the local job centre and get recommendations for hotel and restaurant work. There are jobs out there, your skill is needed. But what if there were even more options, in fact options that might change your life and the way you work?
As I drove along the M4 the thought crossed my mind that I have no idea what the next 3 days would involve. The M4 soon turned into the A40, then the narrow, winding lanes of the A478 to Cardigan, and I really started to wonder. What are the Do Lectures? Why did I sign up for this? I’m about to find out…
I’ve been working on my new business for months now… probably years if you include the first ideas and experiments! In the last few weeks I have spent every day developing the product. I hesitated getting started at first. What if it’s nonsense. What if it doesn’t work. But after reading a lot of books, following a lot of entrepreneurs on Instagram, it was time to ‘stop talking, start doing’ as Shaa Wasmund would say.