Forecast Potential Problems
What is your Plan B? What is your next move? Back in 2010, there were budget cuts in education. I had not reached my tenured years. That year they cut all the teachers in my district with three years of experience or less. It was out of my power to prevent the inevitable.
My first reaction was to feel sorry for myself. I was leaving behind friends I had made, a position in which I was able to car pool with my wife, and a building that I was used to.
However, I have never been one to give up.
Wallowing in my own sorrow lasted a few hours, and then I was on the phone making calls. Before I ever got my official letter stating that my position had been absorbed, I was already offered a job in a different a district.
I say all of this not to pat myself on the back, but to emphasize the importance of planning your next move.
Never be at the mercy of the man or place.
Never feel so inadequate that your dependency falls on one single person or entity. Have that moment of sadness but move on!
In another instance, my job was secure, but there was this one individual who was vindictive and power hungry. She was not my boss, but she wanted to be. I think we have all experienced people like this.
Always attempt to get along with everyone.
Be a team player.
I strive for these things in my workplaces. But when it comes to a point that a person throws consistent shade at you and is blatantly disrespectful, then it is time to know your next move. Have a Plan B in mind.
In this case, the plan wasn’t to run or change jobs but to confront the problem. You see, I had documented each instance in which she attempted to belittle me or bring me down. I scheduled a meeting with that person. During the meeting, I kept a professional tone and told her the problem that I had with our relationship. When she began to deny it I took out the three pages of examples with dates. Her whole mood changed. She apologized and I was accepting of it.
My only regret was that I waited until the end of the year to just talk with her personally. I let it bother me for too many months before I carried out my Plan B. My hope was that the relationship would change on its own. I look back and am glad I approached the primary person and did not talk bad about her with other faculty members.
Since that experience, I have moved on to a place with a great culture and people. I am blessed with how things have worked out for me!
Wear a Hat of Many Feathers
The final example of the importance of having a Plan B is to not become complacent with just making enough. Teaching salaries are ok but could be better. Do what it takes to become more stable financially. Whether it is to save more or make more or both, don’t settle for just one thing. Dabble in many things in case something were to not always be there. In addition to teaching, I do home bound and teach online. I am researching other ways I can earn also.
It is my goal to match my teaching salary with my Plan B.
In conclusion, I use examples from professional life but the same can be said for relationships as well. If something goes wrong and the future is bleak, have a second of sorrow, know your plan b, address the issue or move on, and NEVER NEVER settle! You deserve the best! I feel like I have found my place. 🙂 How about you?