I get a lot of e-mail about short term problems and long term problems from readers. Here is a sampling:”How can I make plans for the future when I am out of work and don’t know where my next paycheck is coming from?”
My answer is that your life is still your business and you should treat it as a business. The approach I take if I am out of work, laid off or in-between contracts is to hustle and do whatever I can to change the short term situation but I still hold onto long term plans. Let me give you an example.
When I am working for somebody full time, contracting, doing taxes during season and generally swamped I don’t have time for my own book publishing business. That goes on the backburner because it doesn’t generate quite the income level that I am looking at – for now. I have long term hopes that it will take off (it already is, thank you readers) but it isn’t enough to make a go of it for depending on living exclusively off of the income stream.
One of the items that you are planning with is hope. You hope that you can get a job if you are out of work, get a better job if you are underemployed and hope one day you can retire if you are saving your money and just burning out in the workplace.
My suggestion is to take care of things for the immediate future but also hang onto your hopes and dreams. Your dreams ARE your templates for your future even though for the here-and-now things may look bleak.
If you are terrified of making plans for the far future (and that is a normal response considering how things are going), just remember that you can still control your life. Take a few minutes, sit down quietly and start thinking and listing things that you want to do to make money.
If you don’t like the thought of meditiating, just try thinking about one thought or sentence like “better job”. Any inspiration that comes to you, write it down (or key it into your netbook).
You should do this to collect yourself as well if you are looking for work to get inside yourself and see again what your strengths and weaknesses are for fine tuning your job hunting or your business investing.
You should also start factoring in what you want to do and what preparations and mechanisms are in place should you lose your health or get incapacitated. Using that to spur your thinking process along, start looking at what you can do to change your lifestyle and possibly diet and/or environment. More questions on this? Drop me an email or a post.
Hope that helps and good luck!
Apr 03 2009
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