I’m a big fan of the yearly weather cycle. Here in Colorado, we have seasons which are quite distinct from each other.
As we head into autumn, we see that nature is heading toward hibernation. Rather than dying, the trees are going dormant. It’s a dangerous time for forest fires because the winter moisture hasn’t yet arrived, but even fires are necessary for some trees to create their next generation.
Perhaps you feel like you’re in the autumn of your own career. If that’s the case, then realize that disastrous events in your job, like fire, are sometimes necessary for you to generate your next step. It may be painful, but we humans are often reluctant to take on change until it’s precipitated by some big event. Take advantage of that, even when you don’t want to.
It’s interesting that we seem to have a culture where autumn is where nature is slowing down, while our own personal lives are speeding up. The summer vacations have come to a close, and work and school have started at a furious pace.
This is a great thing. If we never had a change of focus, we’d get burned out doing the exact same thing, month to month, year to year.
So autumn is a great time of shifting gears. In your own career, there may also be a time of shifting your focus to something else. Since it’s normal to have three or more careers during your lifetime, perhaps you’re thinking about changing direction.
If you think about it and plan carefully, then even the loss of your job may not be as traumatic as you’d think. Start figuring out what your next career might be, even if you have to go through a somber autumn and winter to get to that new future.
Nature has been doing these seasons for an AWFUL long time. Let’s learn from that.
by Carl Dierschow