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How to prosper from being laid off

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If you are one of the many people who has experienced the pain of being laid off or being downsized, there is a lot you can do to turn this unpleasant and scary situation into a very positive and prosperous event.

7Use this event as an opportunity to greatly improve your life

The Chinese symbol for chaos and opportunity are one and the same. The Chinese knew what they were doing. Your life has probably been thrown into chaos by being laid off. Yet, you have been given an opportunity to redirect your career, your personal life and your family life to become much more enjoyable and rewarding than ever before.

In essence, you have been blessed with the chance to get more control over your life. Take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

8Set life, personal and career goals that will create the prosperous and enjoyable life you want

Look to the future and visualize the prosperous and enjoyable life you will want.

You will then want to set the goals that when accomplished will create the life you visualized. Anything is possible, so let your imagination go. You will want to set goals that allow you to fulfill your passions and priorities, follow your beliefs and maximize your talents. By doing so, your life will be in total harmony or alignment with who you are and what you want out of life.

Many people call this the "zone of life," or "being in the zone" or "being in balance." These goals can be work related, family related, personally related or some combination of all three.

9Get help from others to support you in your journey

If you look at your life history, you will discover that you made your greatest life improvements with the assistance of other people who cared enough about you to show you the truth and support you.

Now is a very important time to get support, because so much is at stake. Being laid off can easily make you feel alone. Lonely people do not improve and certainly do not prosper. One of the greatest strengths of the human race is our ability to help each other.

There are many people who will want to assist you to achieve your new life goals. All you have to do is ask.

10Pick the right person or persons to assist you

You will want to select a person who will assist you to discover your true passions, desires, beliefs and talents. You will want this person to be as objective (without judgment or criticism), truthful, and thorough as possible. You will want the person to eliminate his or her own agendas and/or biases. You want the person to see and recognize what you are really saying and doing and to be able to describe it to you so you will recognize and understand the truth. You will want the person to be totally focused on you.

You will also want this person to be totally supportive of you and your newfound truths about yourself, and to give you the confidence and encouragement to improve and grow to achieve your goals.

11Where can you find the right people to assist you?

Here are a few groups of people to seek the right person to provide you the specific help and support you will want and need. You are now armed with your goals and what you want others to provide to achieve them.

Be sure to express both to anyone you visit with, before you decide to ask for their help.

  • Present or former mentors who have assisted you in the past. If you have already benefited from someone whom you have a trusting and caring relationship with, ask them to help you again.
  • Religious leaders or counselors. Some religious people will be able to help you. You will want to be sure they do not impose their religious doctrine on you during the process.
  • Career counselors. Some career counselors will also provide you help in these areas. You will want to hire your own counselor who will be totally loyal to your interests and not to someone else who hires them. Career counselors can be very helpful when it comes time to actually getting jobs.
  • Personal or career coaches. Virtually all personal coaches (whether career, life, personal, or otherwise) will be prepared, trained and motivated to assist you to accomplish all of the steps outlined above. Their personal and professional lives are focused on being your equal partner to assist you in achieving your goals. The most important factor for you will be to find the individual coach whom you feel is ideal for you.

You are in a great position to get out of the rut you are in today and redirect your life to attain happiness and prosperity. Go for it!

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