Saturday, July 24, 2010

Change is Hard Work

Change is Hard Work! No secret here—is it? Common knowledge…perhaps that probably why most of us stick to the ole status quo. Good is Good Enough.

We all want more, yet to get the tangible rewards of the want, the want requires change. Small Want—Small Change. BIG Want—Big…well, you get the idea. And here, Ladies and Gents, is where the train jumps off the track. The Want just ain’t worth the effort. CHANGE effort, that is.

Corporate America promotes: Change is Good! Many of us have experienced this faux change-is-good alternate reality. Double-talk for something is about happen to one of us. Perhaps a layoff or two, team-project redistribution, or an outright, we don’t need you anymore.

Change can become a two-headed monster. Stressing us to grow and expand while simultaneously putting pressure towards the negative. Damage to the senses, body functioning, and mental distress. Change is constant…in the plant world, animal kingdom, and human societies.

Change is evitable. Yes, it is evitable that something or someone will come along and shake things up. Rock our world and flip us upside down unto our heads. The reality is that we secretly hate change. I want things to stay the same. It often said that, the only constant thing about change is change itself.

My theory is that change reflects our feeling of loss of control. And control equates to power. Hence, when we are challenged or threatened by change, we feel a loss of power—we feel powerless. But what can we do about it?

Nothing! We do nothing. No strategy, No fixit, no dodging the bullet. Simply nothing… Best-selling author, personal development guru, and spiritual seeker Guy Finley teaches: Resistance to the resistance IS the Resistance.

To test this insight, simply watch a flowing brook of water for a few minutes as it travels along. The water, as it flows downstream, bumps against a rock. What happens next? You guessed it goes over/under/around but never does the water go through the rock.

Coming back full circle, we have begun to realize that to change jobs, relationships, finances, personal fitness, educational achievement, or even our own self-confidence and esteem involves change. Realizing this, we sheepishly admit this—Change is Hard Work!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Starting Back at One

As I move along Life’s Path, it becomes plainer and plainer that the more things change, the more they stay the same. We all want to grow and prosper, yet sometimes it become necessary to Stop and Take a Deep Breath.

I’m speaking about Reflection. If I don’t know where I’ve been, I won’t know where I’m going. Living comfortably within my 50 year old skin, I finally feel like, Oh, I’ve Got It! Reflection…this eZine posting is all about reflection.

Cleaning out my closet, office drawers, and anything that’s been lying around, it getting chucked. Don’t need it, don’t want it. Out with the old…in with the new. Hey, Not so fast.

All total eResumes4Vips has published 26 weekly eZine postings this year. For fun and giggles, let’s review the very first one. Stay tuned—here’s a reprint.

eResumes4Vips Free e-Zine, Issue #001 January 28, 2010

Dear Friends,

I'm Sooo excited to send out my very first e-Zine. My goal is to bring you all personal insights into my experience with resumes, career, life, and many other items of interest. First, let's talk about jobs and the economy.

Sure, this is perhaps the toughest time to be job-hunting. Employers are skittish about hiring. 1 worker has to do the work of 3. And you've been searching for a new career...weeks, months...I get it. You're feeling the BITE!

Tonight, the President emphasized JOBS, JOBS, and JOBS. Great; now what?

I feel your pain. Yes, I have a job. But I want a change. Personally, it's been a 6 month search. I've learned a great deal. Mainly...
1) Nobody's hiring
2) It takes More than a fantastic resume to get an interview.
3) I am my worst enemy
Let's explore Point #3...shall we. It's so easy to simply give up. After all, Nobody's hiring...Right? WRONG!

Jobs are plenteous; yet, they've moved underground. Companies are hiring. But simply, they've begun to rely upon present employee referrals. Moreover, if Somebody doesn't know ya...Faggedaboutit.

My advice is to become connected. If you haven't already done so, then signup for LinkedIn dotcom. Tweet? Start Twittering. Also, join some civic organization. I joined Toastmasters and am truly Lovinit!

Point is, we are social animals. Recall the song, Ev'rybody love somebody...sometime. Folks, meet people. While you're at it, remember the Golden Rule. It is more blessed to give than to receive.