Two Comic-Book Hero theme tunes have stayed with me since childhood: “Spiderman” and “Batman”. Basically, you can improvise all manner of new lyrics over these catchy tunes. I know my colleague, Peter Cook, is big on Rock, Punk and Modern Music, but I feel there’s a place for learning a lesson or two from our Comic-Book Hero’s and their theme tunes.
(Btw, what’s your Theme Tune?… and that’s the subject of another blog!)
Today, it’s Batman’s turn… and I’m talking about the wonderful days of Adam West’s Batman… Pow! I’m going to re-write this for us to sound like this: “Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah, BATNA!” (Did anyone actually count to see if I had enough “Nah”s?)
I am in the enviable position of looking for a new job now I’m in my 50s. The market has changed. I need a hero. BATNA is my crime-fighting Hero, and he’ll be your protector too. He fights against the crimes of “wasted potential” and “ageism” so often perpetrated against the over-50s. I have to say though, if you’re switching off because you’re not over 50, I can promise you that you are suffering under the crime-lords of prejudice too… just a different kind of prejudice. Let BATNA come to your aid.
BATNA – a kind of Self-Help Hero
BATNA is an acronym, and he stands for “Best Alternative To Negotiated Agreement”. He’s all about seagulls and sparrows, pigeons and crows. Why? Well seagulls and sparrows, pigeons and crows will eat just about anything. They’ll live just about anywhere. They are flexible – they’ve generated more choices for themselves, multiple options. They have alternatives to any ‘negotiable’ environment. So many of my mature friends are heading into desperate waters, and they are giving off distress signals. This doesn’t make them attractive!
I believe it is vital to have a few confidants to whom you can open up and bare your soul – but outside of these few relationships, shut and lock the casement of your heart – you’ve got work to do. And what is this work? It is to find your BATNAs… even to generate them! First, to the Bat Cave, and then to the Bat Mobile to stop the bad guys Robbing.
Business Revisited, or a New Career?
Yes, the market has changed. Yes, times are tough. No, no-one owes you a living!
This really is a chance for you to redefine your destiny – to take control, and to steer the course of your life. How? Generate options. If you’re going for an interview and you have no other interviews in the pipeline, you’re a bit needy, aren’t you? If you have one choice, you’re stuck. Just consider all the terrible things that have happened in history because, and I quote, “I had no other choice!”
If you have two choices you are pierced through by the horns of the dilemma – “Should I stay, or should I go?”
If you have three choices, you are beginning to develop some positional power – and BATNA has come alive in you. And this is where the “Nah Nahs” come in. You’re going to get a lot of them… negative inputs, no-no responses. But just remember, these are only the build up to the triumphant declaration: “B-A-T-N-A!!!”
Conclusion of the Matter
So, as you face the uncertain future, lay down your fear – it’s a mind-killer, generate your choices, and take up your options. You are creative enough to find more options. And wise enough to embrace change – I approach my close with my favourite quote for a hopeful future. It comes from the epic novel and movie, Dune:
“…a person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The Sleeper must awaken.”
Wake up! Destiny favours the well-prepared and their Super Hero: BATNA, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah.