Category Archives: Change

Job Layoffs and their Hidden Benefits

Being in between jobs doesn’t have to be experienced like the kiss of death. I know that it is natural to feel very vulnerable, yet that is what being in transition is all about. It’s the very point that you are temporarily unattached to a job that provides you with a rare freedom to ask yourself what you really want from your next adventure.

Key questions to ask yourself in between jobs:

1. How soon do I really have to land a job?

Can you afford some time to step back and evaluate what you really want from your career while you have the freedom and time to prepare yourself for it? Sure, it’s no fun watching your life savings take a downward climb, but is your time here really about the money?

Are you at a point in your life where you can afford to spend some time being selective about your next step or preparing yourself for a new path? Think of your career choices now as investments in your quality of life.

2: Would the jobs you are now searching for be top choices if you were just starting out?

You spend a majority of your waking hours at your job. Consider it like you would a romantic relationship. Are you willing to settle for second best just to be committed?

3: Is it possible to support yourself financially doing what you love?

Make a list of all the different ways you can generate income by doing what you love. Your financial support does not have to come from one income stream. Maybe one single role can’t generate enough money, but adding other roles that express your passions might make the necessary difference.

4. Are credentials getting in your way of going for jobs you really want?

Ask yourself if you are truly lacking what is necessary, or if credentials are a convenient excuse to protect you from risk or rejection. Research the kinds of credentials that others doing similar work have. If you don’t have what it takes, identify sources that can provide the appropriate credentials. Don’t make assumptions without checking the facts about the true requirements to do the work.


Believing In Yourself Is A Choice: The Four Characteristics That Shape Our Reality

“We have nothing to fear but fear itself” Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“An unpleasant and often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. . . Fear is completely natural and helps people to recognize and respond to dangerous situations and threats. However, healthy fear–or fear which has a protective function–can evolve into unhealthy or pathological fear.” Phil Barker Conflict Research Consortium

Fear is a powerful choice we make everyday without recognizing the detrimental effects this “habit” brings to our lives. In order to break the cycle of fear, you must first believe in yourself, in your abilities, and you must believe unconditionally.

Believing in “you” is a powerful choice. It is a choice that provides strength. Believing in yourself is the first step to freedom and the beginning of an action plan to remove the obstacles we place in front of ourselves everyday.

How Do I Begin To Believe?

Your choice to believe in yourself is shown through four characteristics. Read each characteristic and honestly access your level or capacity for each one.

1. Confidence: In your abilities to fulfill your vision

2. Commitment: Performing the necessary work to make your vision a reality

3. Effort: Striving to create your best work

4. Perseverance: dogged “stick to it” mentality throughout the process

Fall seven times, stand up eight. ~Japanese Proverb

The 3 Building Blocks To Change Your Life: #2 Your Interests

Is there an activity, hobby, or ritual that brings endless joy to your life?

Do any of these “interests” stand out as special interests or passions that give you such pleasure that you lose track of time when involved in them?

Has a passion been identified by your family or friends as being a special talent you possess?

If you can answer yes to one or all of these questions then you are about to unlock the key building block to change and happiness: your interests and passions

Building Block #2: Interests and Passions

Everyone is special in some way, is unique, and everyone has interests that provide joy. Your interests are hidden tools within your experience that will help you identify the path of change to explore.

Tip: Make a list, with as much detail as possible, identifying your favorite things in life. Identify hobbies, interests, rituals, and anything that fascinates you. Once you have compiled your list, begin to identify and mark the interests that are special to you. These “special interests” or passions are the things most special to you. Now that you have your list of passions begin to explore the possibilities of converting anyone of these passions into a business.

If this sounds too good to be true–it is not. Building block #2 Interests is the most important guide to changing your life forever. Susan Hanshaw’s new book “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live” identifies the steps you need to take to realize a better life.

The 3 Building Blocks To Change Your Life: Awareness, Interests, Action

Do you wake up in the morning like a sailor set adrift in open seas after a terrible wreck?
Do you feel stranded by your job or career left only to count the days until the weekend?
Are your weekends like tiny islands of comfort helping you forget your unhappiness?
And when your tiny “vacation” (the weekend) is over and it is late Sunday afternoon, are you already dreading the idea of going back to your job?

If you can answer yes to one or all of these questions you are ready to change your life.

Building Block #1: Awareness

Recognizing that your unsatisfying, dismal, and uncomfortable job is the core problem in your life is the first building block to change. Your awareness that your job is the source of stress, anger, anguish, anxiety, angst, pressure, unhappiness, discomfort, frustration, and malaise is the most important fact to begin your change.

The byproduct of these horrible feelings often leads to giving up, going through the motions, feelings of inadequacy, lack of trust, cynicism, doubt, and self hatred in some cases.

If you can be honest with yourself and utilize your awareness that you need change, you are on the path to discovering the steps that will give you back your hope, your life, and your happiness.

If this sounds too good to be true–it is not. If you want a new life, Susan Hanshaw’s upcoming book “Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live” is your first step.

A “License To Print Money”: Misconceptions About Money And How To Change Your Beliefs

“Instead of thinking that you need money, realize that money needs YOU. Money is just so much wasted energy without work to do. Your ideas provide the outlet for it, the means by which money can do things. Develop your ideas, secure in the knowledge that money is always looking for such an outlet. When the ideas are perfected, money will gravitate your way without conscious effort on your part, if only you don’t dam up the channels with doubts and fears. . . . Realize that it is not money you have to seek, but a way to use money for the world’s advantage. Find the need!” — Robert Collier

“Money doesn’t grow on trees” –A Well Meaning Mother

One of the most common misconceptions about money is that there is a limited supply of money available to each person during their lifetime.

This misconception often leads people to make decisions based in fear and not fact. The idea that there is a limit to the supply of money is completely false.

There is a limitless supply of money available to everyone–that is a fact. If people are aware of this fact, if they understand that they can change their own erroneous beliefs about money, and if each individual invests time to create a vision and intended plan of action then the misconception about money’s limited supply becomes obsolete.

The next time you believe you are “a day late and a dollar short”
The next time you think “money doesn’t grow on trees”
Or you think that “a fool and his money are soon parted”
Take heart because with a limitless supply of money available we all “have a license to print money.”