it vs. Sinking into It.
Scene I: X calls a coach. "I need to get moving. I'm not
Scene II: Two weeks later. X emails coach: "Could we postpone
the call? I'm a little tired today. And I'm SO busy"
Scene III: Three months later. X emails coach: "What's going
on? I'm not getting anywhere and time is running out!"
During any transition --
, job change, -- most people feel fatigued. Some feel
Transitions usually involve
physical work: packing, driving, running errands. And there's
emotional upheaval: saying good-by, facing fears, wrapping up
You can increase energy by
the usual eat right - sleep right - exercise routines. You can
meditate and try relaxation exercises.
If you became successful
by focusing on one project or goal at a time, you need to for transitioning:operating
on several tracks at once. Work through
and . Keep the momentum going.
Keep appointments with your coach, moving company, financial
planner, networking groups and (especially) friends and family.
Energy comes from action.
Scene I: X begins major project.
Scene II: X realizes project is going nowhere, hates project,
would rather watch paint dry than continue project.
Scene III: To get motivated, X hires coach and assistant; buys
new "music to work by;" lectures self to "Get
Sometimes you realize you
need to finish a project you hate. In , Martha Beck writes about forcing
herself to finish her doctoral thesis, using the fifteen-minute-a-day
But often we find ourselves
stuck with projects we've outgrown. Research psychologists report
that people have trouble giving up, especially after a large
Businesses pour money into
projects after the market for those products had dried up, or
a competitor had come out with a faster, better,cheaper model.
Economists talk about "sunk
costs:" what you've already invested in a project, a house,
a car. And, they tell us, sunk costs are irrelevant.
The question to ask is, "What
makes sense for me to do today and tomorrow?" You've invested
five years in a career that no longer makes sense. Do you want
to invest another five -- or spend the next five years building
an exciting future?
these dramas are related.
People often stick to sinking projects because moving forward
takes more energy in the early stages. Once you get forward momentum,
you'll find energy to break free.
Okay, I can't resist: , think of what happens when
you're settled comfortably for the evening (especially if it's
a cold, dark rainy night). Now you have to get up and walk the
dog (who probably wasn't interested when you offered earlier).
Dragging yourself out of that chair -- aargh! But once you're
out there, you get a second wind.
At least I do. ;-)
Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.
Author, Career Consultant, Speaker
*Fast Track to Career Freedom*