Lose your career and find a new life!

Written by Cathy Goodwin, MBA, PhD

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There are three components to identity: self-concept, social identity and paper identity.

Self concept is expressed when you fill out a series of "I am" statements. You think of yourself as a father, country club member, and banker.

Social identity isrepparttar way others view you. People treat you differently if you're a bank manager or if you're starting a new e-business in a field they've never heard of. Think about how you feel when you're introduced at parties as, "This is Mary. She is a"

Paper identity isrepparttar 131127 way you're regarded byrepparttar 131128 businesses and professionals you deal with. When you have a job, it is easy to get credit and a premium checking out. When you change careers, especially if you start your own business, you may be on shakier ground.

Your response to a new identity will be unique: "After being on my own, I went back to a corporate job. When we gotrepparttar 131129 United Way forms, it hit me. I was now an employee. It didn't feel good." Others will findrepparttar 131130 same world liberating: "No more chasing after clients -- and I loverepparttar 131131 pension contributions!"

I encourage career changers to include a plan for identity change, as a way to help smoothrepparttar 131132 journey.

Cathy Goodwin is a career consultant who focuses on intuition and career freedom. She likes to work with mid-career professionals who are evaluating their futures. Email for her free ezine: subscribe@movinglady.com and visit her website: http://www.movinglady.com

The wrong kind of waiting: what the film Clockwatchers can teach us

Written by Cathy Goodwin, MBA, PhD

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Change comes about not by drama but by small events that have significance only inrepparttar context of an office world. People report thefts of coffee money and clothing. What is significant is Iris's response when she realizes her umbrella and her notebook were stolen. Iris refuses to play victim. She confrontsrepparttar 131125 thief over lunch and silently but dramatically makes her point. The thief gives Iris a new notebook inscribed with an apology. As Iris feels stronger, she wears her hair differently and, at last, wearsrepparttar 131126 power suit her father gave her for job interviews. The film ends ambiguously, but we sense that Iris was transformed. She has usedrepparttar 131127 box as a temporary comfort zone to build her confidence and test new behaviors. She waited creatively till she was ready to move. She has observed and learned; while her coworkers twirled idly in their chairs or played games with rubber bands, she kept a journal. And now, we sense, she is ready to leaverepparttar 131128 box behind. I won't give you details ofrepparttar 131129 final scene. Iris uses her new-found power to defyrepparttar 131130 corporation and help a friend. She turnsrepparttar 131131 firm's own refusal to acknowledge her into a source of strength. It's believable and strong and well worth a viewing.

Cathy Goodwin, MBA, PhD, is a writer, consultant and speaker, who specializes in career transitions that increase personal freedom. For her ebooks on career and life transition, click on http://www.movinglady.com/ebooks.html. For her free ezine, email subscribe@movinglady.com. .

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