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With Every Transition Comes a New Opportunity

It’s been a mind-boggling week for me.

Last Saturday, I found out that my biggest client was having a much harder time raising the cash needed to pay for my services and needed me to stop working.

Last Tuesday, my day job had its first layoffs ever in 14-plus years. While I’m still there, we were all given reduced working hours and had some benefits cut back.

On Monday, I sold the Online Savings Blog.

As you can imagine, a lot has changed — quickly.

Where Do You Go From Here?

This is the question most difficult to answer.

Two weeks ago, I offered a service, had a big product, and security at my day job. Today, I’ve got a lot less.

It’s a lot of change in not a lot of time. It feels difficult — at least it feels like a big transition — but in reality, it’s not a bad thing at all.

If you step back, you can see that now I have the opportunity to re-work, re-define and re-apply myself.

This sounds a lot like what you tell people who have just lost their jobs. It’s not a loss, it’s an opportunity. But saying it to yourself takes a lot of confidence — something that this kind of transition eats away at.

What I’ve Learned and Can (Hopefully) Apply

Now that I’ve got a fresh start, here’s what I’m working on:

  • Not overextending myself with too many commitments
  • Not starting too many Web sites that I can’t keep up with
  • Not letting my constant flow of ideas overwhelm my current project
  • Focusing on my strengths, not my weaknesses
  • Not trying to do it all, especially if someone else can do it better

In a way, it’s great timing that all of this has happened as the year comes to an end. With the calendar flipping around to the top, we all have a chance to start over and make 2009 better than 2008.

Remember: the next time transition hits you, consider it an opportunity.

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