You head into work one day early to get a jump on the day. Your boss calls you into his office before anyone else arrives. He has his computer open with his boss on video chat.
You get a bad feeling in your stomach as you close the door behind you.
The conversation begins as your boss reads from a piece of paper. Your throat closes as he informs you that you are being laid off because the company you work for was purchased.
You don’t know what to say or how to react.
You wanna scream.
You wanna cry.
You wanna lash out.
But you don’t.
So, what do you do?
Well, this exact scenario just played out for me a few months ago and I was floored.
I took in what they were telling me while trying not to freak out in front of them. I don’t remember much of the conversation after that but they both told me I was handling this news well.
Now I am not the first nor will I be the last person to receive this news from a company.
So back to the question what do you do when this happens?
Know When You’ve Entered a Crossroads
Times like these don’t happen often but recognize when they arrive.
Everyone will experience crossroads in life at some point in time. This is a harsh realty we all have to live with. Better to be prepared as much as you can when it arrives.
Once you realize life will never be the same again you can take action to discover your next steps.
Do Something That Scares the Sh*t Out of You
When people arrive at a crossroads the most dominant emotion, they feel is fear.
They are scared of the unknown and what’s next for them in their lives. Most of the time fear paralyzes people into not acting. So, face those fears by doing something else that’s just as scary to you.
Ride a roller coaster, ask that boy or girl out, give a speech in public, look out over the edge of a tall building.