Support You Need to Manage Any Change
By Mike Jay
No matter how lucky you were in nature’s lottery – no matter
what skills and smarts you were born with – you will face many
transitions in your life. After all, life is nothing more than a
series of transitions. And at some point, you’re going to need
support to see you through a life change.
Support can be anything, including business or personal
coaching, money, a place to live, material things, etc. Some people
need large amounts of support because they were at the back of the
line in nature’s lottery. The attributes and traits they were born
with are so far away from what is needed to survive today that
society has to provide various types of support in order for these
people to function on a daily basis. Other people need support less
often, but the support they need is just as crucial so they can work
through a major life transition.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a better understanding of
yourself so you could predict when you will need support, how the
support needs to come, and how long the support needs to stay in
place? Fortunately, knowing this information is possible through
genetically-guided coaching. The fact is that each of us comes into
the world born with a special combination of talents, motivations,
and limitations. We all have internal “coding” that can guide us to
who we are, who we can be, what our strengths are, how we’re going
to perform best, how we’re going to make the greatest contributions,
and what kinds of activities will be easy or difficult for us. By
tapping into this inherent “programming,” it is possible to identify
when we will have a need for support, as well as the kind of support
needed and duration of support required. This single piece of
information could help reduce the trauma around transitions
As Americans, we
have a goal in our society for everyone to be able to manage on
their own. That’s why society provides such things as health
counseling, help for the mentally challenged, welfare programs, etc.
Additionally, society has helped us understand and define certain
transitions. For example, we are all familiar with and somewhat
prepared for dealing with such transitions as moving from child to
adult, going from adult to college person, moving from college
person to family person, and going from family person to retirement.
But transitions go so much deeper than that.
When using genetically-guided coaching, we would take a look
at the person’s motivational profile and see what kind personality
he has. By identifying these attributes we can create support
“scaffolding” that allows this person to tap into a range of support
services that will help him through specific developmental and/or
performance challenges. With this process in place, we can identify
what sort of activities and jobs would be appropriate over time for
someone with this person’s set of attributes and unique personality.
Perhaps we’d find that this person was working generally in the
appropriate context, but that he needs to do some very specific
things within his position in order to take advantage of who he is
in order to get himself out of the current rut he’s in.
Now the question comes: What kind of support package or
scaffolding does this person need? He knows he wants to change, but
he has no resources to do so. He’s at a point in life where
everything is extended. He has failed in the past. The credit cards
are maxed. The home’s equity is tapped. He simply does not have the
ability to support the transition he needs to make.
Such a scenario is common. When people realize that they
should be doing something different how do they get the support they
need? How do they retrain? How do they get the resources to take
them through the change? How do they get from point A to point B?
Even if these questions don’t plague you now, chances are
they will in the future. As globalization continues and standard
business models change, many people who have held traditional
workplace roles will see themselves facing massive work and life
changes. In the very near future, over a billion people on the other
side of the ocean will be competing for the same contracts,
positions, and roles that you are. What does that mean to overall
life in the developed world—that so many people are going to be able
to provide similar services? What does that mean to American life?
It means we’re going to need a lot of support. After all, how
does someone in her mid-50s, who has used all her retirement savings
to build her dream business, transition to the next step? What
happens when her business fails to bring in enough clients and she
is out of money? How can she get support to see her through the
transition? Such a situation happens every day, and these people
have no place to turn.
The Future of
Part of this
question of support and concept of a scaffolding of support—a way of
creating support in a variety of areas that promotes access to
additional resources—means that we have to look at new way in which
the “powers that be” can support its people. Rather than only doling
out support in the form of food stamps, welfare, and WIC (which are
very needed and useful programs), we also need to look at a “new
living support system” that says people can tap into a certain
amount of dollars to use during transitional periods as long as the
person meets certain criteria and qualifications.
But to make such
a program work, people first need to be aware of when they’ll most
need support, as well as what type of support they’ll most likely
need. Genetically-guided coaching and living provides those answers.
It tells us what kind of life we’ll be most happy embracing, because
it identifies the creative tensions within us. We then know whether
someone is going to live an ambitious life, a low achieving life, a
life filled with relationships, or a solitary life, just to name a
few. By tapping into this knowledge that’s already within us, we can
make great strides toward helping each other live a life that’s in
tune with who they are so transitions aren’t so challenging. Only
then will Americans survive the globalization trend and be able to
preserve their standards of living—with rewarding professional and
personal lives that contribute meaningfully to society.
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