Monday, June 13, 2005
Don't Take It Personally
The most pain, of course, is yours: you are the one without an income, without a routine, without the comfort of knowing what you'll be doing tomorrow or next week.
Try to look at your layoff as a logical business decision that had little to do with you as an individual.
If you take it personally, you may paint yourself into a corner bubbling with resentment and anger ("How dare they do that ... I was a much better worker than a lot of people who are still there!") Alternatively, you'll consume the energy you desperately need for a job search campaign in endlessly rehashing your performance and trying to identify what you did wrong.
It's not you, it's the economy, it's the world, it's life -- so lick your wounds and move on.
Eventually, you will learn to see the whole process as a growth spurt that brought you wonderful opportunities you might never had encountered without going through the pain.