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Another Way Your Body Reflects Your Emotional State

Thursday, February 01, 2001


Do you suffer from skin problems such as psoriasis or eczema? A five year study by researchers at Kent & Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury, England, discovered that more than two-thirds of people with chronic skin problems had experienced a “major life event” - such as a serious illness in the family or the death of a loved one- just before or at the same time their skin problem surfaced. When encouraged to talk about the event 63 percent experienced an improvement or reversal of symptoms.

READY FOR A CAREER CHANGE?

If you are considering a new job or a whole new career change consider the following steps as a roadmap to success.

1. BECOME AWARE OF NEGATIVE FEELINGS. Your body and mind might be sending you messages about your job satisfaction. Whether it be physical – lingering colds or headaches- or verbal-“10 minutes until lunch” or “One more day until Friday.”

2. DEFINE THE PROBLEM. Writing down a clear definition of the problem can help you on the road to change. Ask yourself, “What is it about my situation that is unpleasant? Does this job help me reach my goals?” Think of barriers that may be blocking you from making a move – is it fear of change, fear of losing a secure income or fear of losing power or status?

3. LISTEN TO AMBIVALENCE. A certain level of ambivalence is natural. However, if the prospect of undertaking a change is so great that your stomach is churning, you can’t sleep, or you have a constant headache, your body is telling you to forgo the risk.

4. PREPARE FOR RISK. Preparation will help you avoid certain potholes. Focus on your goals and write them down. Identify and make a list of your strengths, skills and abilities. Self-exploration is an important part of the process.

5. NARROW YOUR OPTIONS.
Success will hinge on finding a career that’s compatible with your personal qualities and goals. When considering a job option make sure it meets your criteria.

6. TAKE ACTION. You need a well-planned campaign to reach your new goals. Stay focused on your goals and view failures along the way as learning experiences or detours.

7. EVALUATE THE DECISION.
Once you’ve found your new job or career, evaluate your decision. Do I feel good about the move? What would I do differently next time? What factors contributed to my success?

These steps are from the book, “Dare to Change Your Job and Your Life,” by Carole Kanchier, Ph.D (HST Works, Inc. 2000)

KIDS OF ENTREPRENEURS

You may want to check out the February 2001 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, especially if you have kids (or are considering starting a family). I was interviewed for the article that appears on page 18, "All Kidding Aside." It examines modern entrepreneurs who might spend more money on their kids but less time. If you can’t find the magazine, you can access the article at www.entrepreneur.com.

AN INVITATION TO AN UPCOMING SEMINAR FOR FAMILY BUSINESSES

“WEALTH PRESERVATION AND TRANSITION STRATEGIES FOR THE FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS”
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2001 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA
  • Cost is $35 for individuals or $45 total for two or more from the same company
  • Register by contacting Ilsemarie Ashley at Key Bank by phone at (360) 449-5030 or email Ilsemarie_E_Ashley@Keybank.com.

Sponsored by Kathy J. Marshack, Ph.D., Key Bank, Landerholm, Memovich, Lansverk & Whitesides, Attorneys at Law, and Paul Winters & Associates.

I will be presenting the topic, “The Soft Side of Estate Planning in Family/Business.” More information on the emotional and psychological issues of retirement can be found on my web site – www.kmarshack.com. Look for this and other related topics in my Families In Business column.

On-line consultation is now available on our website, www.kmarshack.com.

For more information about Kathy J. Marshack, Ph.D., P.S. and her work as a marriage and family therapist, family/business consultant, author, columnist, seminar leader and on-line consultant go to her web site www.kmarshack.com. You’ll find self-help tips, a library of family business articles, information on on-line consultation and much more.