Here in the UK, when you’re about to lose your job, we commonly label this as “I’m going to be made redundant”.
In reality, it’s the job role that’s being made redundant, not the person.
I’m on a mission to help people use this unfortunate situation for their greater good. As with most negative stories we tell ourselves, it’s really just a matter of shifting our perspective.
You are not being made redundant. In fact far from it – you’re being given the freedom to choose what happens next. If you so choose, you can decide that your next career move is going to feel more fulfilling or you’re going to make a difference in the world.
I love the Kute Blackson quote “when life gives you shit, make fertiliser”. Being given the news that your job is going to become redundant can be a shock, but it can also be an opportunity for, well, whatever you want.
If you’ve been delivered the news that means it’s time to move on, then here’s 3 tips to reframe your “redudancy”:
#1 Create yourself some time and breathing space.
Going into panic mode or bitching in the staff kitchen isn’t all that helpful. Let the dust settle for a day or two and then turn your attention to what your options are. Write them down.
#2 Dream, dream, dream.
Now is an opportunity to think about what you really want for your future. Don’t limit your ideas with negative self-talk. Make a list of all the things you feel passionate about and would love to do as a job. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
#3 Embrace the future.
If you really want to make this opportunity count then get excited about personal growth – even if it means you’ll be stepping outside your comfort zone. Seek support from a coach, mentor or trusted friend.
I’ve been through job redudancy – twice and I can tell you it was the best thing to have happened for me. The first time, I landed a job twice the salary I was on. The second time, I crafted my own coaching business and fulfilled my purpose.
It’s totally possible for you to find a way to make your own fertiliser. If you need some more support, book in for an informal chat to see if I can help.