Galvanize Into Action

My mother, Ramona Dorfman Seamon, had a lot of sayings, some in English, some in Yiddish. When she wanted one of us kids to get moving, "Galvanize into action," my mom would say.

Galvanize: rouse, stir, electrify, fire, spur, animate
Galvanize: To arouse to awareness or action

Not sure where she got that phrase, but it's a good one.

What does it take to galvanize someone into action? What stimulus will startle, arouse, and impel you forward to action?

A downsizing will startle you. But will it galvanize you? Does it have the arousing and motivating effect that will produce positive action?

In general, I don't think so. Yes, some hardy and resilient people will galvanize into action and get going. But the rest? Many in today's recession have no idea where to begin or what to do.

Once downsized, it's up to the individual to galvanize herself into action. But does the person affected by a downsizing know what actions to take?
Taking the word ACTION as a framework, here are six tips for galvanizing oneself in the face of a major Life setback:
Attitude is everything. Henry Ford once said, "If you think you can do a thing, or if you think you cannot do a thing, either way you are right." If success is what you are after, then a Can Do attitude is a vital component.
Calling is the inspiring element. What is your calling? Every one of us has one, I believe. Your calling is that work that you are put on this earth to do.
Team up with others. This is no time to isolate yourself.
Initiate every day. Do something every day that moves the ball down the field toward your goal.
Open up. Open up to new ideas, to new thinking. Open up to others. Openly communicate your objective so that others can help you.
Never stop improving yourself. Never stop learning. Never stop pushing. Never give up.

In the past few months, I've been writing about different aspects of the job search. Here is a round-up of a slew of posts. I hope you find some value. Feel free to share with others who need to galvanize into action and find their next job.

Zen and the Art of Career Change


Working on It


What's Your BVP?

Your Career GUIDE

My Confidence is Shot

Your Road Not Taken

What Makes You Different?

Lesson of the Scarecrow

What's Your Story?

Dead Wood. No Passion.

Having a You Orientation

We Have Met the Enemy

Be Sure You Have A Strategy

You Are the Solution

Your Interview Dashboard
Part 1
Part 2

Marketing 101 for Job Hunters

Waiting for the Phone to Ring?

Fast Start to Re-Employment
Part 1
Part 2

On Networking

Transferable Skills

What's Your Personal Brand


Posted by Terrence Seamon, July 8, 2009


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