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Weathering The Storm: Career

Apr 19, 2017 09:25AM ● By Laurie James

Are you excited about work? Or do you dread tomorrow? If you are completely satisfied with your working situation, consider mentoring someone else through their difficult journey! No matter where you are in your career—even if you’re out of work and desperately looking for a viable work environment—there are proactive ways to keep moving forward with ease and confidence. Here are several ways to “weather” the storm:

Wish: What would your perfect career look like? Make a dream board and then get proactive and intentional about taking steps to make those dreams come true. If you see it, you will start to believe it.

Entertain: Having an event to look forward to can break up the monotony of a crummy work situation. It can help you stay focused on work with a reward at the end. Schedule a night of fun. Reward yourself.

Actively follow through with every interesting idea you have. Keep a journal or a vision board to keep the goals and dreams in front of you. Use your car visor, your wallet, your refrigerator, or your bible—whatever place you visit frequently. Remember, most ideas fail without follow through.

Think outside the box: Make up a new scenario and then sell it to your current or new employer to get what you want. I once had a client who was a radio DJ and an advertising expert. He was barely making ends meet, but knew he could create his dream job by convincing a big corporation that he would save them money by being an in-house advertising agency. And that’s exactly what he did. Today he still works in a corporate job, continuing to create positions that save companies money.

Have a little faith in yourself: If you dream it, you can achieve it! If you have a dream career in your mind or heart, that means that it’s in your wheelhouse. Sometimes, we all get scared of facing those dreams, because there may be a large learning curve—but DO DREAM and sprinkle the dream with plenty of faith that the end results will appear. Be aware that the journey to get there might look different than what you have in your mind—but you WILL get there.

Engage in healthy activities: Eat a sound and balanced diet; drink plenty of water; exercise at least 30 minutes a day; take time to breathe in some oxygen; schedule quality time with the girls or with your significant other for a night out to the movies or to supper; keep a regular schedule of keeping your face clean by washing at least twice a day; schedule a massage.

Research exciting opportunities either online or in person. Ask; read; look around. Find out why some people are blissfully happy and tap into that positive thinking mode.

You have the power to make anything happen. If you don’t like the current road you’re on, take time to refocus your goals and efforts, one step at a time. If you are patient and able to weather the storm, you will yield a fruitful harvest!


Laurie J. James is 1 of the only 16 Master Career Directors globally. She co-founded and presided over the Professional Resume Writing and Research Association from 2000-2004. PRWRA rebranded to Career Directors in 2005. Laurie has created 10,000+ job-winning resumes in her career. She is a credentialed resume & LinkedIn profile writer, seasoned public speaker and award-winning career image coach -

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