Your career is humming along when, suddenly, someone or something slams on the brakes.
Maybe your boss assigns you to a new industry, an area where you have no experience or knowledge. Maybe you or your partner are pregnant—a happy brake slam, but a slam nonetheless. Perhaps your spouse announces one night at dinner that the company is sending him—and therefore you—overseas. Or maybe your company is downsizing, and you just learned that you’ve been deemed part of the “excess weight.”
In any case the effect is similar: suddenly, you find that you can’t rely on what formed a firm foundation in your life up to this point.
There’s a sudden blank.
Suddenly you must redefine yourself.