As the housing market struggles to find its way back and some offices close, fear abounds and it's been showing up in the form of negativity and hopelessness. People are struggling to stay positive as they see the world changing around them.
The changes are neither positive nor negative.
"Things aren't bad; they just are. You judge things as 'bad' because you don't like it, you don't agree with it, or you don't wish it to be the way it is. When this is the case, you're not accepting. And when you refuse to accept, you don't see the choices that are available to you."
These economic times present us with challenges. You might not like these challenges. But challenges offer us opportunities: opportunities to grow, to learn, to develop our self-esteem, and to stretch ourselves in new ways.
Change happens. It has benefits and it has losses. Change IS. Your perception and consequent judgment is what makes it good or bad. And your ideas about whether things are good or bad cause your reaction and produce your emotional state. Recognizing this allows you to separate yourself from the thoughts that judge and that have you see only the negative with no alternatives.
Your power is in managing your thoughts and emotions, focusing on what you can control - YOU - and learning to manage yourself as you ride the wave of change. This is the definition of grace.
What's tough is that you may not want the change. You try to bargain with the change, fighting your new reality, and wishing things were different. This causes you pain and stress and struggle. That does not mean that the change is bad for you.
Tough times force us to muster our courage and find the fortitude to make hard choices, face our fears, and forge a new trail. This builds self-esteem and confidence.
It isn't bad. It's just new and different. Sometimes we just want things to stay the same.
It's easy when things just float along without any changes or challenges to the status quo. Success seems easy and we can become complacent. Complacency does not breed excellence. In fact, can complacency equate to success, I wonder? I doubt it.
These tough times will shatter your ideas of security. It will test your resolve; it will have you question your ideas about success, what you value most, and shift your priorities. It will challenge your identify and self-worth and your ability to manage your emotional state.
So as you ride out the wave of this current economic storm, remember these four words that have been passed down through the generations to keep your head in the game:
This too shall pass.
And we'll get through this together.
Your partner for success,
Coach Julie ~ Nurturing Your Success
Personal Development Expert & Success Coach