Getting Over the Hump: Changes!

"The key to overcoming any challenge
is to empower yourself through the event."

– Betty LaMarr

Changes, changes, it seems that everywhere we look things seem to be unpredictable and uncontrollable. How can you maintain your power with so many changes?

Today everyone faces challenges in business and in life. And even positive experiences such as getting a promotion or a new business relationship can present you with challenges. For example, a new position brings new responsibilities and sometimes new headaches.

The key to overcoming any challenge is to empower yourself through the event. In fact, life’s challenges and adversities can be one of the most inspiring, creative and resourceful periods of your life, if you take the steps to focus on the positive and not the negative.

Unfortunately, most people have a predisposition to emotions that dictate how they react to challenges, changes and transitions. And the majority of times these emotions are not positive. Often, they are based on resistance and fear, and they put people in the position of reacting and not responding in a way to manage the situation.

The following tips will help you gain the confidence to face many challenges head on and turn them around into opportunities.

Remember it is not about you.
Most businesses lay off based on certain financial targets and commitments they have made to the shareholders, bankers, and/or Board of Directors. Just remember “it is business, not personal.” Don’t judge yourself as unworthy or a victim because you weren’t selected. This may be the chance you have been waiting for to do what you always wanted to do.

Allow yourself to take this time to create the vision you want for your work. Think about ways you can apply your acquired skills in another environment. Revisit how your skills were under utilized in your old position.  

Focus on the road ahead. 
This transition might just be offering you one of life’s natural and periodic times of a needed readjustment and renewed commitment. Continue to explore and reinvent yourself to fit the needs of your desired outcome.  Keep your eyes on the “possibilities,” there are many!  See the job transition as a new beginning.

Betty LaMarr, international speaker and author is President of Nadisa Associates an executive coaching and consulting business. She supports leaders and business owners to assess developmental opportunities in their organizations to accelerate change in people and profits. For more information: