Ouch!

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.

What’s Next……

May 26, 2009

Do you want to know? Do you anticipate your next move ? How much control do you have in deciding what’s next? Perhaps having a plan or a schedule places you in the driver’s seat or at an advantage.  Let me give you a clue as to why I chose this title instead of something less difficult like learning how to fold your clothes.

Let ‘s just begin with another paragraph even though the subject matter hasn’t really changed. What a clever way of placing the reader in your shoes or better yet in step with you while you touch each key on the keyboard forming a word and then a sentence and then a blog post. Surprisingly enough, I have almost written two paragraphs while holding your attention as I ponder that question. 

I’m challenging you to join me in writing the next two blog entries here at Finding Your Zenith. Tell what you would like to discuss or share about your world; your quest or new journey !  I know that some of you readers out there are unemployed  or just lost your jobs and you’re finding it hard to simply place food on your tables !  In addition, Some of you can’t afford to pay for your medicine. Perhaps you gotta rah rah story, I would like to hear about it!  Let’s not even get started on talking about the housing problems ! I’m looking for your comments, suggestions, questions, and stories.

So what’s next….?    “Blessing you for now!”

 

Curt Canada is your personal development coach at Finding Your Zenith in Washington D.C.

A  personal coaching company in washington d.c.  is seeking persons who are unemployed and in need a supportive listener.  What will you get from an hour coaching or brainstorming session.  It’s up to you what you will take away from this focused collaborative conversation.  Here’s the ground rules 1  email me your story (250 words or less) 2  your goal(s) 3 you pay for the call  4 lv  a tentative scheduled time for your coaching 5  pay or donate what you can!   Here’s your ticket to helping yourself . Go ahead and take that first step ! Email me at findingyourzenith@gmail .com     ” Help me to help you during these tough times!

Curt Canada is a  trained social worker and life coach  at Finding Your Zenith in Washington D.C.