“Resignation, perhaps the most stifling word in the language.”- Caitlin Thomas
A major killer…
of countless ideas, splendid plans, productive careers and even entire lives is resignation.
Looking at homeless folks camping on the beach, I wonder at what point they finally gave up.
Early in my career, working in Beverly Hills, I’d eat lunch at a local park just off of Rodeo Drive. I noticed a woman there, every day, obviously homeless. Someone said she used to be an attorney and district judge.
Yet, homeless folks are only an extreme case of an all-too-common issue. Resignation can take many forms and infiltrate even the highest of put-together people and households.
Career growth. Relationships. Health and vitality. Personal dreams. Creative self-expression. All are areas ripe for resignation, whether acknowledged or not.
n the career world, before you can resign a job, you have to apply to actually have it. (I’m not an advocate for applying for jobs at all, but saying it only for metaphor purposes!)
In the same way, in all of these areas where we might notice a state of resignation in our lives, sometimes a willful application of effort — in a new way, from a new mindset, with a new inspiration — can often bring about movement and progress to an area which has laid dusty and dormant way too long.
I’ve had coaching clients drop weight they’ve never been able to lose from a new inspiration. Others have stopped smoking after 30 years (and many attempts) from a new mindset. Yet others have reinvented stale and lifeless romantic relationships from learning a new way of communicating.
Today, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to ferret out an area (or two or five) of resignation in your own life and attempt a new willful application of effort.
Your relationship/career/body/mind/condition sitting in resignation right now won’t get any worse, for sure. Yet, a new infusion of attention might just start a reverse snowball effect, driving you up a mountain of newfound lightness and freedom.
What’s it gonna be? Accept the resignation…or apply for new hope?
If the only action you can take right now to move beyond resignation is to Click Here, do so to schedule a short conversation. Perhaps there’s a new inspiration/mindset/way for you too.
Got willful application?
“Self-acknowledgment boosts your emotional and spiritual immunity, giving you the strength you need to release the past and rise above fear, doubt or resignation.”- Debbie Ford
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.
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