1. Don’t succumb to a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you think you might get fired, you may start slacking off. Don’t do this! There’s a chance that you’re wrong, but you won’t actually keep your job if you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that they hate you—because your performance will suffer. In fact, you should focus even more on kicking ass and proving that you’re indispensable.
2. Ask to meet with your boss. She’ll be impressed by your gumption. If you think your performance is what will get you fired, come armed with ideas on how to get back on track. If it’s another issue, like company-wide layoffs or budgetary concerns, ask her how to help her make the most of your salary. This may mean taking on more tasks that you may hate, but remember that’s it’s always easier to find a new job when you have one already. (Cruel, cruel reality.)
3. Remember who else has gotten fired. Mark Cuban, Oprah, J.K. Rowling, and Jerry Seinfeld all got axed before they became zillionaires. You’re not alone. Hell, if anything, you’re in really good company. Use their stories to motivate you to find a new, happier ending to your own.
4. Analyze your situation objectively. Where could you improve? How did you provoke this? What can you do differently? If you take the time to rectify these situations now, you may not have to worry about getting fired at all—and if you do get fired, you’ll learn how to change and improve for your next gig.
5. Update your resume and CV. Of course, you should do this periodically anyway, but it’s a good way to remember exactly why you kick so much ass at your job—and listing your accomplishments can even bolster your confidence ahead of your review or a potentially awkward conversation.
6. Think about where you want to be. It’s as good a time as any to start planning for your future, especially if your future at your current job looks uncertain.
7. Go outside. Seriously. Smell the fresh air. It’ll make you feel better.