The 2008 global financial crisis gripped the world in dire economic struggle the likes of which had not been experienced since the Great Depression of 1929.
The first live event I hosted was in the midst of these time. I wanted to bring my connections together to pool our resources and find ways to navigate challenging times with our collective energy .
The event was the Leadership Success Summit and the theme was: How to Thrive in Changing Times.
Because we find ourselves in similar times of high stress and insecurity, I want to share some of those successful approaches from my summit that are relevant and useful today.
Here are “three-Ts”, actions for you to thrive in changing times.
1. Take one step at a time. A mantra of mine comes from Lao Tzu and it is, “The journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step. Take the first step.”
When there are things that need to be tended to, it’s easy for me to get distracted, feeling there are so many things to do and not enough time to do them.
My passion, energy, and desire to make a difference and be of service can have me tear around wildly without focus, forgetting self-care.
When you take life one step at a time, you stay in the present moment. You don’t get caught up in worries about the past or future.
And when you take one step at a time, you move with intention and remember to take breaks and care for yourself along the way.
2. Talk to the people you love regularly. When dancing with uncertainty, it’s easy to go into a fight-flight-freeze mode for survival.
As a social introvert, I can find it easy to hole away and not reach out to people, as I become so self-focused on “my world.”
The collective grief on the planet right now is high. Even people who look like they’ve got it all together are hurting for many different reasons.
Extending yourself to others and showing up with more empathy and love will shift the focus from your challenges and struggles to being of service.
This change in focus and doing acts of service are needed now more than ever.
Remember to give your time and energy to the people who matter most to you.
3. Tend to your inner world. Tame the desire to keep yourself overly busy. This is the perfect time to examine and tidy up your beliefs, thoughts, and neuro-programming.
When I look back at the challenging seasons in my life, I can see how they were the times that gave me the biggest opportunities to grow.
The transformation that was birthed from the painful struggles came because I was willing to examine the dark corners of my mind and Soul. I took time to learn from the experience to create changes that have proven to be viable and long-lasting. Team up if that makes it easier.
One of my clients said, “I couldn’t imagine going through this crisis alone. Having this community has helped me to thrive personally and professionally during changing times.”
This may be an incredibly exhausting season for you. Chances are, if it is for you, it is for others. What you’re experiencing is extraordinary in many ways.
When you look back in history to glean wisdom, you may come to realize what we’re presented with today is different enough that it requires us to be creative in response — Trying new things, and treading into the uncharted.
While you may experience bouts of feeling under-prepared, you can also rely on tried and true approaches, that continue to stand the test of time.
If you Take, Talk, and Tend, you’ll see how strong and capable you really are to handle whatever comes your way.
ACTION: The Upside Challenge of the week is to every day practice some form of the three-T approaches of taking one step at a time, talking to the people you love, and tending to your inner world.
Notice how you feel before and after each of these actions.
Track the cumulative effect on your energy, action, and outlook.
The world needs you and your brilliance.