How flexible are you? Do you feel like an old rubber band or Gumby?
Resiliency, I realize, is more than flexibility. Webster defines it as:
tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
When we don’t stretch the muscles in our bodies they tend to loose their range of motion. I am pretty sure the same can be said for our minds…if we are not stretching/exercising our thinking what happens? Think about stretching your career muscles. Expand your range of motion. Really, what does this mean?
Don’t wait for a layoff to begin training for a marathon.
My neighbor is training for a triathlon in the Fall (it isn’t even June yet). She will begin swimming in the cold waters of Canandaigua lake within the next couple of weeks. Could this be like the employed worker testing the waters of the job market? Set a goal and figure out how you need to reach it. Start early.
Get in the pond and build relationships with the other fish.
If you are serious about your career, you’ll want to be the big fish in a little pond. In order to do that, you’ll want to know who the other fish are. Play nicely and differentiate yourself.
Do something that scares you every day.
Or at least step out of your comfort zone every day. It can be as simple as driving another route work, reading a different type of book, listening to a new radio station, trying new eye glasses.
When you are in crisis, your resiliency is lower. It is helpful to have some existing level of resiliency prior to heading into crisis. However, it is never too late to begin training for your next marathon. Whatever you do, do not become comfortable.
Additional thanks to Jason Alba for his inspiring post My Calf, My Career, Your Career.
“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time” Andre Gide
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.