Executing a Power Move

Executing a Power Move by Stephanie St.Claire

 

In my previous post where I described how I dug myself out of a horribly scary 9-month unemployment streak, I mentioned executing a “power move.”

 

A power move is used in a situation where you’re out of options. The power move has you doing something that seems crazy, but helps you bypass “improving” and takes you straight to evolving.

 

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A POWER MOVE IS NOT REASONABLE.
AND THAT’S THE POINT.

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A power move is NOT more of what you’ve already been doing, as in, applying for jobs with more focus or frequency.

 

A power move is NOT rewriting your cover letter and tweaking your resume again.

 

A power move is selling your old engagement ring to hire a business coach, taking a temporary job at the cafe around the corner, and starting your own business.

 

A power move says to your circumstances: You will NOT swing me by the tail anymore.

 

All your reasons, and quixotic thinking, and preferred-method-of-doing things got you here. And “HERE” has you realizing a few things:

 

•  Uncreative, lazy, and/or anemic efforts produced the place you’re in. (Might help to know we’ve all had this realization at one point or other).

 

•  You’ve been holding back. As much as you’ve hated being in this situation, you’ve been afraid to go batshit crazy toward a solution. (You’ve stayed ‘reasonable.’)

 

•  No one’s going to rescue you. (You’ll grow wings doing it for yourself).

 

•  You’re probably out of time.

Sometimes you need crazy

Forgive yourself and realize: It’s time to do things differently.

 

A power move requires that you reframe how you’ve been thinking about the solution that you’ve been rejecting.

 

Reframing means: Saying yes to that solution on your terms, with a new attitude, and with a deadline.

 

EXAMPLES OF POWER MOVES:

 

1.

Getting a second job at a cafe, retail, or grocery store for extra income while you build your business.

 

2.

Moving in with your sister for the next year to save money and pay off your credit card debt, with the trade that you’ll be her resident babysitter two nights a week.

 

3.

Selling the engagement/wedding ring from the person you are no longer engaged/married to pay for a dating coach, gym membership, and saucy new wardrobe.

 

4.

Moving to a new city before you have a job there and creating an interview and networking schedule Monday — Saturday with the aim to get hired and settled into your new home within 6 weeks.

 

5.

Taking your kid out of the school that’s not working for them and explore both montessori and continuation schools.

 

6.

Going to an AA, OA, NA, SAA meeting to get a handle on your issue even if you don’t feel you’re an addict.

 

7.

Spending more money on what you really want instead of going the cheap-o route again.

 

8.

Hiring a coach/therapist/trainer who will know what to do with your situation and give you action steps to take, instead of struggling on alone.

 

9.

Telling your family you’re not coming for Christmas
(you’ve got your reasons).

 

10.

Rescuing the dog from the shelter you can’t stop thinking about even though ‘taking on more responsibilities’ doesn’t make sense, especially after the loss you’ve just been through.

 

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Coming out to your family. Enough said.

 

12.

Telling the truth about how you really feel without editing or downplaying.

 

13.

Breaking off the engagement until you go through (and complete) couples counseling.

 

14.

Laying down an ultimatum (and letting the cards fall where they may).

 

 

Notice I didn’t say, Look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re beautiful three times. I didn’t say “try to feel better about your situation” or read a money book or do more yoga.

A power move requires you taking one big ass action that you’ve been shrinking back from and do it without complaining and whining. Own it, be present for it, be proud of yourself, and make no apologies.

 

POWER MOVE FROM MY OWN LIFE:

Instead of continuing in a dead-end office job which kept me broke and barely making it, I put myself through bartending school, got a job working at a restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen where I worked till 4 a.m. most nights, volunteered at Landmark Education as a program coach during the day, and launched my consulting business (all at the same time). I had a big story about how I was 40! And a mother of 3 children! Be a bartender? How could I do this? And then I got over it and did the thing that helped me out of the black hole.

 

And P.S., I was once a suburban housewife with no degree or career path, who used to SEW MY OWN JUMPER DRESSES PEOPLE and had no clue how to build a business. I busted out power move after power move to get here, so trust me, you have what it takes.

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THE WORLD
(BUT MOSTLY YOU)
NEEDS TO KNOW
YOU’VE GOT A LITTLE CRAZY IN YOU.

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