AS WE AGE AS HUMANS IN ANY SOCIETY, WE ARE CONSTANTLY FACED WITH THE REALITY OF CHANGE. NO MATTER OUR SITUATION IN LIFE, OUR SOCIAL STANDINGS, OUR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS, OR OUR FINANCIAL OR FAMILY SITUATION, CHANGE IS INEVITABLE. HOWEVER, THE REAL TRUTH IS THAT “CHANGE” – WHETHER EXPECTED OR UNEXPECTED – IS NOT EASY.

IN THIS AGE OF UNCERTAINTY AND STRESS, WE FIND IT INCREASINGLY MORE DIFFICULT TO HANG ON TO THE STABILITY OF LIFE, THE STABILITY WE ONCE TOOK FOR GRANTED.

DUE TO THE NATURE OF OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION, BOTH PROFESSIONAL AND NONPROFESSIONAL AMERICANS ARE FACED WITH MOUNTING CHALLENGES TO GET AHEAD OR EVEN MAINTAIN THEIR CURRENT STATION IN LIFE.

WITH RECORD BREAKING UNEMPLOYMENT, CORPORATE DOWNSIZING, AND POOR ECONOMIC OUTLOOKS, WE NEED A NEW APPROACH TO THIS HISTORICAL SITUATION AND A FRESH MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL PERSPECTIVE TO FIND AN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION.

IN THE PAST, WE WOULD BECOME EDUCATED, GET A GOOD JOB WITH A LARGE COMPANY AND EXPECT TO STAY THERE FOR AS LONG AS WE WISHED.

HOWEVER, THAT IS NO LONGER THE CASE. WE NOW NEED TO REALISTICALLY ANTICIPATE SEVERAL JOB CHANGES DURING OUR WORKING CAREER. YOU CAN BE SURE THAT THIS TREND WILL NO DOUBT BECOME EVEN MORE DIFFICULT IN THE COMING YEARS.

ALL THESE CHANGES MAY SOUND EXCITING AND CHALLENGING DURING THE YOUNG PRIME YEARS OF LIFE; HOWEVER, WHEN WE SEE THE YEARS PASS WE TEND TO BE FACED WITH THE FEELING OF BEING REDUNDANT, OR SUPERFLUOUS IN LIFE.

WE CAN EVEN FEEL A TREMENDOUSLY NEGATIVE EMOTION OF BEING OUT OF CONTROL. SOMETHING IS HAPPENING TO US THAT WE ARE SURE WE DON’T WANT TO HAPPEN AND WE CERTAINLY DID NOT EXPECT IT.

IT IS AT THIS TIME THAT A FLOOD OF MIXED EMOTIONS SEEMS TO BECOME OVERWHELMING. WE FEEL HURT, SAD, ANXIOUS, AND DEFINITELY RESISTANT TO THE NECESSARY CHANGES.

HOWEVER, NO MATTER WHAT OUR THOUGHTS MIGHT BE REGARDING THE MATTER FACING US, WE MUST DEAL WITH IT.

I HAVE OFTEN SPOKEN TO PEOPLE WHO ARE FACED WITH THE ISSUE OF BEING LET GO FROM THEIR JOBS DURING THEIR FIFTIES…