Galvanizing into ACTION

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

"Galvanize into action!"

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

Galvanizerouse, stir, electrify, fire, spur, animate

GalvanizeTo arouse to awareness or action

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 who lose their job 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. What is your attitude right now? 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.

Terrence Seamon helps job seekers and career changers to achieve their goals. Follow him on twitter @tseamon


Alex Freund said…
Ramona must have been a very smart lady. She had good intentions and used the right words to express herself.
Terry, thanks for sharing this with us.

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