The new normal. Actually it’s not that new anymore, but a lot of us are still like the deer caught in the headlights, waiting for things to get better. A couple of days ago this college junior asked me when I thought the jobs would be back. He hopes that the job market improves vastly by the time he graduates. My answer is, "probably never." At least not in this country, jobs where you are well paid to show up and follow instructions are a dying breed. But then again, not everyone is affected negatively by what’s going on.
If you’re a physician, or dentist, you’re probably fine. If you’re a close personal friend of the president of your country, you’re also fine for right now. This is for the rest of you, the creative, the resourceful, the helpful, the smart and perhaps unconventional professionals who assumed that by doing their jobs well everything would work out fine.
That’s what mill workers used to think, too.
10 Rules for Dealing with the New Normal:
1. Do not wait for things to get better.
The internet/globalization is changing the world perhaps more than the mainstream automobile did. Not that long ago blue collar workers were well compensated for their work, now it’s done by the Chinese. Today the same thing is happening (I mean outsourcing) to the college educated, and nobody’s getting a refund.
The toothpaste is not going back into tube.
Things will get better as you decide to make them better. Your only job security is inside you. Stop looking for others to give you the answers. They have no clue, either.
2. New normal means new opportunities.
Your job is to find them and make them work for you. That means setting an intention to do what you may have never done before, and take consistent action to make it work.
The thing is, you have to do this without knowing what the immediate outcome is. No one can tell you exactly what to do.
3. There is no guidebook for the new normal.
Old guidebook: study hard, get good grades, go to college, get a great job, live happily ever after.
New guidebook: figure out what works and what pays and do it. This is an exciting process, but it also includes a lot of slogging.
4. Your job is to make your unique contribution to the people who need it.
There are people for whom your work is the answer to their prayers. These people have tried generic, commodity-type answers and they failed. What they need is you.
5. Your job is also to find and connect with your fans.
The challenge is finding them. Find a way to communicate consistently with the people who like you, who think you’re awesome, who enjoy working with you. Those are your fans so take care of them.
"Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated." Bob Beaudine. Create that space where you can celebrate and be celebrated.
6. You absolutely must keep your head on straight.
In case you are not familiar with that very intellectual expression about keeping your head on straight, what I mean is being creative and smart about how you think.
It’s a matter of training yourself to respond in the best way. It’s a discipline (eeww….icky word, I know) of always seeing the upside, the potential, the opportunity. It’s not allowing yourself to feel depressed, you only go as low as "so so" for defined periods of time because short of using narcotics, it is impossible to be euphoric all the time.
7. It’s time to channel Warren Buffet; raise your financial IQ!
If you still have a 401-K, I guess you know by now your fund manager isn’t really that into you. She’s got other things on her mind.
Leveraging your investment fund, your nest egg is your responsibility. There are many financial experts out there, find one you like and invest some time learning about ROI, Return on Investment. Know the difference between capital gains and cash flow, etc.
8. Leap and a net will appear.
This is the tricky part. Play with it. Try taking small risks and see what happens.
Your success in this new normal is not a one-shot deal; it is not an event. It is a way of life. The net is going to be something you cannot right now imagine. And it won’t show up until you take the leap of faith.
9. Get the support you need.
Lone Rangers really aren’t that effective, nor are they much fun to be around. See who’s doing what you want to do and follow that person.
Join a mastermind group.
Hire a coach or mentor.
Read what other people are doing.
10. Breathe deeply and smile.
You’re going to be fine. Really you already are.
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