Maybe you have not lost your job yet but this just might be the main topic discussed this Friday morning at your breakfast table.  Economic reports as of this week show  a 10% + unemployment rate which has been noted( http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf )   may carry over into next year.

My  family owned small business  went under almost two years come this December! Thank God! I chose to inject life into my professional life and leadership coaching practice.  Its a struggle and challenge but it’s now  beginning to grow.

 I am only sharing this with you because I really haven’t been to the unemployment office lately but that I  do know that it is devastating not knowing where your next paycheck will come from. 

“According to an article written in the Wall Street Journal back in late September the writer stated that ” a growing number of long-out of work adults facing these odds appear to be giving up.”  There are folks out there that have been out of work over 27  weeks or more!”

 I pulled up the Wall Street Journal”s  on-line site today and I noticed notable , reputable ,well-known companies forecasting up-coming layoffs, down-sizing , and possible relocation of workers.

 Let’s report however that the federal government and our Congress have agreed to extend the ” first time homebuyers tax credit” of $8000 until April of 2010. This is good news for all of us!

 You may never have to answer the question ” What if I lost my job today?”

Try mulling over the list of questions I think are quite important for all of us this Friday:

  1. What outplacement resources does your company provide in the event that I’m laid off?
  2.  Am I prepared financially to weather the storm for the next 2-3 months?
  3. Have I talked about this important topic with my family or significant  other? 
  4. How have I helped friends or co-workers who have lost their job?
  5. What words of encouragement comes to mind?
  6.  If necessary,what challenges in your life have you endured that are helpful in your being able to bounce back and start from scratch ?
  7. What tough questions will you ask yourself or have you asked yourself?
  8.  Perhaps companies are rebuilding for the future and the new scenario they have in mind no longer includes you ? 
  9. How will you read into the concept of a “Green America” vs. a Graying of America ?”
  10. How would you rate your health and stamina ?

Perhaps its time to start your own personal and professional endurance training !

 Our economic picture will show some ups and downs and sometimes more downs than ups …… No one said life is fair but we do know that it’s cyclical.

As a Coach, I would only ask this question , ” What ‘s your Plan B , your future, and your family if such an event occur?”

                       “If this happens to  you  get back out there “

           Statistically…. so many ,quite frankly , have given up!

Curt Canada provides Personal Development, Leadership, and Executive Coaching in Washington DC at FindingYourZenith. Curt is also a Member of the International Coach Federation and the Christian Coaches Network.