Uncertainty can make us cling to the familiar, especially when it comes to our careers. But it’s also an opportunity to expand our mindsets and explore new avenues for growth. Start by imagining a wide range of possible futures — even ones that may seem intimidating or downright terrifying. If you’re looking for work, for example, consider planning for a future in which you’re unemployed for twice as long as you expect, or one in which your spouse also loses their job. These possibilities aren’t fun to think about, but knowing how you’d handle them will make you feel more secure, prepared, and confident. On the flip side, imagine your best possible future, challenging any assumptions like “I’m just not cut out for management.” Think beyond your past experience and outside of your current industry to explore new arenas and emerging trends. Next, identify and develop the skills that are most relevant to your future. Take classes, reach out to friends and mentors for advice, and try to practice these skills in your current role, even if they’re not part of your job description. Finally — and most importantly — start small. Break down big, long-term goals into small sub-tasks that you can knock out in a day or two. There’s no running away from uncertainty. You might as well face it with a plan.
Source: This tip is adapted from “5 Strategies for Reinventing Your Career in Uncertain Times,” by David Lancefield and Dorie Clark