The world has changed. We are in a new reality. To come to acceptance, start from the present. Look around at your world to what has changed and what is the same. Identify what you need to live in this world and thrive. If you are having trouble accepting the changes, identify the problem areas and focus on ways to make them easier to accept. For example, if you are working at home and do not like it, look for positives in it, as well as ways to minimize any negative effects.
Some things you may not be able to accept outright, such as the illness or death of a loved one or losing a job. In that case, acceptance comes in coping with what has happened, doing what you can to stay out of fear and allowing your feelings to express themselves. Acceptance will allow you to move on eventually. Resistance keeps you stuck.
Acceptance is freeing and is a process. Once you start moving towards acceptance, life will get better.
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1. Take more breaks during the day
2. Let go of anything you can that is currently an energy drain
3. Identify the most significant changes you have experienced this month and adapt to them in positive ways
4. Bring three things into your work day that fuel you
5. Indulge yourself once a day
6. Define what balance is for you now
7. Keep your physical body in shape
8. Stay very aware of what is happening with your emotions and find ways to center them
9. Start a new creative project that excites you
10. Identify the opportunities you have now, that were not available to you at the beginning of the year
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It is unsettling when your work is taken from you or suddenly changed. Your foundation has been broken. There are many ways to react and respond to this. Creating something new is one of the best ways.
Will you look back and yearn for what is gone or surrender to your new circumstances? Perhaps you are working from home for the first time or have little to do. In the midst of fear, anxiety and change you have opportunity.
Creativity comes from within – you have all that you need. Start looking for something new to do in this time of crisis, if you have the luxury of time and space to do it in. If time and space are short, scale down and find something that fits for you.
What dreams have you had in your life that you have not pursued? What skills do you want to develop? What brings you joy? In starting something new, you shift the energy of your life and work. There is light on the horizon to occupy you and guide your way.
What can you start today?
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We have been through a big change. Time now to begin aligning with this new reality. Look at where you are right now. What frequency are you tuned into? Is it one of bewilderment, fear, peace, upset, acclimation, anticipation, seeking or something else? Where do you want to be? Perhaps your answer is that you want to be back where you used to be; however that is no longer possible.
Anxiety and fear will lessen as you bring yourself into the present and figure out how you want to be in this reality. By taking in what is happening, you can choose how to tune yourself into a frequency that works best for you.
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What is your perspective on structure? Do you see it as necessary or confining? Some level of structure, no matter how you view it, can be very helpful in these times. Many structures we once knew are no longer available now – common workspaces, means of transportation, human interactions, brick and mortar stores. Major adjustments are being asked of you.
Structure provides balance and stability in times like these. It can be flexible or rigid or in-between. It’s up to you. With some structure you can thrive in any environment. Create a structure that gets you through your work and life. Address time, project demands, things that may hamper what you can get done and the resources available to you. Let structure be part of your success!
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Big change can sometimes leave you feeling uncertain and unsettled. Your once familiar environment is looking different these days. New things are being asked of you, in order to keep your life and work going. Here are some tips on how to deal with feeling disoriented:
• Spend some time looking around and identify the major changes that have occurred.
• Check in on your emotional and mental states. What is going on there?
• Identify what you can do now to feel more comfortable with the changes that have occurred.
• Eventually, find acceptance of the world you are living in now. (You have no choice)
• Start to identify ways you can protect yourself and also thrive in your new environment.
Trying to turn back is futile. Moving forward helps you adjust to and accept the changes that have occurred.
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There are points in life when profound change is the only way to go. Take a look at your life now. Is profound change warranted in order to assure a fulfilling life or career in your future? It may be, if you have reached a level of dissatisfaction, pain, upset or futility that is hard to take.
When you reach such a point, don’t turn away. On the other side of profound change is often freedom and happiness that you cannot get by staying where you are. Change is part of life and cannot be avoided. If profound change is called for, make it happen.
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Periodically, you can face setbacks and changes in your career. Some of these experiences involve loss, as well as endings. What can you do in the face of them? You can continue.
Often, these experiences leave you in a new place. Start by looking around at your new environment. Then, proceed to continue productively. That way, you take the best of you along.
The next time you experience a major change or setback, commit to continuing productively from old to new, with all of you.
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I was speaking with someone today who was in the midst of a major refocusing in his life. There was no tragedy or destruction, just major change that warranted rethinking of his life and work.
Change can come and, like a whirlwind, shake things up. Journeys are interesting and unpredictable. Change comes when it is meant to come and does not await an invitation.
If a whirlwind enters your life or work, acclimate to it and find your new center. Once you do, look around. Your life and work may be better than ever!
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Your life and career are not stationary. They are always in motion. There are times when change is called for that you have some control in. Take a look at your life and career as it is now. Is there anything you can identify that must change?
When you are proactive about recognizing the need for change things progress more smoothly. You don’t have to wait for things to happen “to” you. Periodically asking yourself “What needs changing?” helps you bring your life and career where you want them to be.
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