With the collapse of Lehman Brothers as well as the drop in share prices for HBOS, many of my clients are feeling uncertain about the future. While we cannot predict what will happen in the current job market, it is important to keep a positive outlook, as we are naturally drawn to evidence that supports our thought patterns – which only reinforces a negative or positive viewpoint. Vicious circle! I know that when I feel anxious about the market and whether or not people will invest in coaching, I tend to only hear examples of people stopping coaching with other people I know. However, when I look at the basic facts, I realise that I still have the same number of clients I normally do, we are just looking at different issues, such as redundancy or how to make a job switch in a soft economy. Plus, I am getting more bookings for group workshops as companies tighten their budgets. And the truth is, many of my clients make even bigger shifts in their growth when they feel there is more at stake. I mean, if your bonus and job security is not even a sure thing any longer, why stay in a job you hate? My point is, that if we look at the cloud with a pessimistic viewpoint, we will only see the rain that may or may not fall and fail to see the silver lining.