How Are You Coping?

Life and politics are pretty tumultuous right now. There is so much change, discord, violence and turning of things upside down. How are you doing with it all? There is value in taking a moment and assessing how the state of our world is affecting you. Are you having trouble with it, finding yourself anxious or distracted or wanting to run away? Once you are in touch with how you are handling it all, you can find your center. Take good care of yourself. This is not easy. Your insights, participation and talents are needed now.

 

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Looking Forward

When you are at a point of growth and change, looking back can slow you down. Best to keep looking forward, as doing so creates momentum, excitement and promise. Looking back creates fear, regret and delay.

Are you looking forward in your life and work now? What do you see ahead of you?

 

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Openings

Openings are opportunities for change. They can come in a variety of ways and forms. Are you alert to openings when they present themselves in your life? An opening may come as a forced change, such as being let go from a job. An opening can be an opportunity that you decide to take advantage of. An opening can be created by a loss of some kind or a decision to let something go.

Take a look at your life and work and the openings that have presented themselves to you. How did you handle them? Stay aware and you’ll recognize openings when they appear. They are invitations for you to move forward and create the life you want to live.

 

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Flip!

Life is calm when it is steady. However, sometimes you have to flip – when circumstances change, you rethink a situation or you see something that was previously hidden. While it may be hard to flip, sometimes it is necessary to avoid worse outcomes.

Can you think of a time when you had to “flip”? What was the cause? How did it work out? The ability to discern when to change serves you well.

 

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Sudden Shifts

In one moment your situation, environment or circumstance can change dramatically. When that occurs, what can you do? First, right yourself and encounter what has happened. Look around and assess. Then, check yourself out – how are you experiencing this sudden shift? Get present and figure out what you want to do.

Your perception of sudden shifts can go from good to bad and back again. Try your best to accept what has happened and evaluate from there. When you find yourself in a new world, take the shift as part of life and growth and you will be fine. Sudden shifts can bring treasures, challenges and advancement.

 

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The Past Is Repeating

Do you find negative things repeating in your career? Perhaps a certain type of boss, client or co-worker, a particular type of challenge or others’ view of you and your work that you believe is unfair or inaccurate? It may be less due to a cruel world than to something that is trying to get your attention.

When something keeps repeating in your life and work, take a look at it. How are you contributing to the situation? Are you in an environment that perpetuates that type of situation? What would your life and work be like without that situation?

When things you are not happy with start repeating in your life and work, give them your attention. They will go away, once you understand what is bringing them to you and take appropriate action..

 

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Stability

Although stability can be fleeting, it is still worthwhile to focus on creating it. Stability is a foundation – you know your values, you know the elements of your life, you know your strengths and weaknesses and you have goals and a sense of the direction you want to go in. True, all kinds of things can upset your stability. It is easier, however, to regain stability after an upset if you had it before the upset occurred.

Adding change or upset to chaos and lack of direction creates instability and can wreak havoc in your life and career.

Looking to assess your level of stability? Here are some questions to get you started:

• What are the elements of your life that you can count on?

• How secure do you feel in your current work/career?

• Do you trust your instincts?

• Have you any true assurances that what you have now will stay around for a while?

• How well have you prepared for recovering from a crisis (e.g. loss of a job)?

• Have you identified your key life values? Do you honor them daily?

• How comfortable are you in dealing with change?

“True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced. A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed.” – Tom Robbins

 

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A Change Of Season

  

A change of season is coming. In the southern hemisphere, to spring. In the northern hemisphere, to autumn. Seasons can be used as markers. You are transitioning from one season to another. It is a great time to reflect, assess and aspire.

Where and how are you as we change seasons?

 

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Turned Around

Sometimes things happen that change what you see. You may have a view of a person or situation that works for you and then something happens that changes your viewpoint drastically. Say, you have a colleague that you see as dedicated, steadfast and non-judgmental and then you find out he or she has been deliberately undermining you and others.

When you get turned around, you may as well enjoy the view. Most likely, a truth or something previously unknown has been revealed. Put yourself firmly in the now and create your path forward from there.

 

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