At some point during your life, you may be put in a situation where you need to start over. It could be from a divorce, or your company has decided to move to a new location. This location may even be outside your country. Globalization has made this a more frequent occurrence.
Another possibility is you are part of a downsizing at your company, and you are over a certain age. Even though age discrimination is supposed to be against the law, it’s easy for potential employers to know and to make up reasons why you are not right for the job (the real reason is you make too much money, and they want to hire someone younger).
Using Goals to Help You Start Over
Whatever the reason you find yourself in, setting goals for your new way of life is going to help you tremendously. It could mean the difference between making it work and stagnating. Pursuing the right goals can give you a boost in confidence that change is positive. This is crucial when contemplating starting over.
If you have access to an outplacement service (in the event of downsizing), consider seeking them out to see what they have to offer. Hopefully, they will be on board with helping you set up goals for your new situation. There are also helpful resources from government agencies in the way of grants and loans that you can explore if you are thinking of starting your own business. When starting over, you want to explore as many avenues as possible to see what may work for you. Take advantage of any training that may help you discover what direction you want to take.
Setting up solid goals is going to help reduce your risk of becoming discouraged. This is a common affliction with people who are starting over. Writing down your goals and referring to them will ease your mind by showing you there is something to strive for.
While it is a scary proposition to start over, it can also be a time for encouragement. You can think of it as a fresh new outlook on your life and with that comes exciting new experiences that may have been missing from what you were doing before. Think back to when you first started out in your previous situation. Your memories are probably filled with looking forward to going to work each day as you were learning something new. This can happen again for you.