Cracking Open

Sometimes, you can feel like you are cracking open. Stress, change or unsettling events can be the cause. It is not a comfortable place to be. The nature of the occurrence and how you view it makes a big difference in how you experience it.

Cracking open can be a crisis leading to tragedy or opportunity. It can be a release of the old to make room for the new or an indication that there is something very wrong in your life. Or, it can be the start of a transformation.

Whenever you begin to feel like you are cracking open, find your way back to center. Observe what is happening and treat yourself with kindness. Handle it in the best way you can. It could be the beginning of a wonderful time for you.

 

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Waiting

A friend wrote me today saying she was anxious to see what the “new normal” will be. We certainly are at an in-between stage now, where the old is fading and the new is not fully here. That is not necessarily a comfortable place to be. How are you coping with it?

As always, being in the present moment is a good place to be. It also can help to take a day at a time, setting achievable goals and intentions. And best to adjust your expectations, by recognizing that uncertainty surrounds us.

Let’s hope the new normal begins to unfold. Until then, do the best you can. You’ll get through this!

 

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Finding A New Flow

When weather or another obstacle changes a river, it naturally finds a new flow. It may have to carve new territory or forge through soil, rocks or higher elevations. We can follow the river’s lead in this time of change.

Do you feel you have a smooth flow to your life now? What has changed? Are you trying to push past obstacles unsuccessfully? Are things backing up, causing you frustration? Try creating a new flow. What do you need physically, mentally and emotionally to thrive in these times?

 

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Wacky

 

A client wrote me yesterday saying things are wacky now. I thought about that and looked up the definition of wacky: absurdly or amusingly eccentric or irrational, strange or unusual. Do you think this definition fits these times? If you do, how do you handle it?

Change eventually necessitates a response. You can’t pretend for very long that change has not occurred. But how do you respond to wacky?! Perhaps the best strategy is to stay grounded, observe, protect yourself and find a way, to your advantage, that gets you through it.

 

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Out Of The Office

A recent New York Times article, Out Of Office : A Survey Of Our New Work Lives  takes an interesting look at now-abandoned offices and how we are doing working from home. Importantly, essential workers and others are still “in the office”. Gratitude for them and all they are doing.

Are you in or out of the office? For those out of the office, there have been changes and adjustments. Some like the freedom and others miss the camaraderie of their former offices. One element of all this is that changes are ahead. We have begun an adjustment period, even though the future remains pretty much unknown.

Use this time well. Observe and be alert. Find clues of what’s to come. Set your preferences for what you want your future workplace to be.

 

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Account For What’s New

It may be an interesting exercise to take a moment to account for what is new in your life and work this year. It has been a tumultuous year of change. Taking stock can ground you and help you set your future direction. Are the new things in your life welcome or unwelcome? How are you acclimating to them? Do you want to eliminate anything – can you? How are you doing adjusting to what’s new?

Having new things enter your life can be challenging, but also exciting. Make the most of what’s new in your life and work to maximize the benefits and momentum they can provide.

 

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What’s Worth It?

So much has changed recently, making it worthwhile to reassess the state of your life and work. In your assessment, you can look at: how you are functioning, how your perspective has changed and what’s important to you. Then, ask yourself what is worthwhile for you now that may not have been in the past. Have your values shifted?

Staying fully present in the moment often asks a lot. This is one of those times. Make sure your interests are being served and that you are fulfilled, as the world changes around you.

 

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Now Is A Time For Reimagining

It is the nature of these times that, in the midst of loss, chaos, fear and change you can find positive openings that did not exist before. You must adjust your perceptions so that you can see them. Do you see any openings now?

What is the nature of an opening? An opening is an invitation to go somewhere new. This is a time to reimagine your life and work. Opportunities are here to support you in doing this. It is a time for innovation. New circumstances need new approaches.

What would you like to reimagine? Go ahead, the wind is at your back.

 

I am currently reimagining The Managers Hub Blog. You’ll be seeing a transformed blog sometime this year that addresses the world we now live in. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for reading. I appreciate you.

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Disentangle

These times present deep opportunities for change. Essential to change is making room for it. One way to make room is to let go of things that no longer serve you. This can be a challenging task if you are deeply involved in something. In that case, disentangling yourself takes time and skill.

Is there anything you would like to disentangle yourself from now? Here are some tips on how to do it:

• Identify all the elements in the situation that you must disentangle from.

• Which ones will be the most difficult? Why? Are there emotional entanglements? Are there aspects that you are economically dependent on? Is it hard for you to accept leaving things behind?

• Then, muster up your courage and emotional intelligence and come up with a plan for how you can let them go.

• Take it step by step. Commit to disentangling and persist.

• Vision how your life and work will be once you disentangle. Let this vision motivate you.

Disentangling frees you to create life and work that fulfills you. Give it a try. You can do it!

 

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What’s New In Your Life?

Take a look back to the end of 2019. How do your life and work compare then and now? Have changes occurred? Which changes do you like and not like? Do you see a need for action on your part to acclimate or adjust to a change?

In times like these, change is inevitable. Best to recognize any changes that have occurred. Then, from the reality of the present moment, you can embrace the new and thrive.

 

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