Going to Plan B: How You Can Cope, Regroup and Start Your Life on a New Path

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We've all experienced the surprise, shock, and disappointment of "non-events" - reasonable life expectations that go unfulfilled due to chance, circumstance, or simple quirks of fate. There's the relationship that never blossomed ... the promotion that didn't materialize ... the house, the baby, the dreams ... Plenty of books address how to deal with negative events but none has dealt with how to handle non-events. Until now. In this inspiring, practical, and compassionate book, Nancy K. Schlossberg and Susan ...
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We've all experienced the surprise, shock, and disappointment of "non-events" - reasonable life expectations that go unfulfilled due to chance, circumstance, or simple quirks of fate. There's the relationship that never blossomed ... the promotion that didn't materialize ... the house, the baby, the dreams ... Plenty of books address how to deal with negative events but none has dealt with how to handle non-events. Until now. In this inspiring, practical, and compassionate book, Nancy K. Schlossberg and Susan Porter Robinson explore the rarely-talked-about but commonly experienced phenomenon of what people face when nothing happened but everything changed. Using examples from hundreds of interviews, the authors describe how to identify a non-event and rise above it - to transform those old dreams into exciting new aspirations. Among the various scenarios examined are the desire for love and family - how to live with the lack of romantic love, the disappointment of infertility, estrangement from siblings and more; the expectation for professional success - how to recast your career goals to accommodate today's radically changed workplace; and the ideal of the perfect self - how to reconcile an unrealistic self-image and find inner peace.

In a culture of high hopes and great achievements, where we are expected to "just do it, " what happens when our best laid plans and great expectations fail to materialize? Going to Plan B explores how people react when something doesn't happen and outlines a reclamation process for transforming old expectations into new goals. Radio drive-time tour.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780684811499
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 12/26/1995
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 13
Preface 17
1 Non-Events: A New Name for Heartbreak? 25
2 Everyone's Story 37
3 Love and Family 57
4 The Dream of Success 87
5 Self and Legacy 113
6 Acknowledging the Lost Dream 137
7 Easing Your Non-Event Stress 151
8 Shifting the Focus to Hope 181
9 Reshaping the Dream 205
Afterword: From Heartache to Hope 223
Notes 227
Index 231
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