Challenging times are inevitable. They are waiting for us around every corner.
Whether it is a life changing challenge like a health scare, global pandemic, or losing your job... or something more manageable like a last minute schedule change or a flat tire on your way to a gig... your character truly shines when faced with life's challenges.
Here are some of my favorite strategies to keep the wheels turning during trying times:
Research has shown time and time again that when you develop a regular gratitude practice, you live a happier, more positive life. Your mindset shifts and you begin searching for the good in the bad. There is always (ALWAYS) something to be thankful for, no matter the situation. Commit to writing out at least three things you are grateful for each day. Find a time that works best for you, and dedicate a few minutes to physically write out these points of gratitude. I'm especially talking to those of you who are not keen to keeping a journal. A gratitude practice is a fantastic way to begin getting comfortable with writing in a journal because you have a focused concept to write about each time you turn the page.
Find a good friend, mentor or therapist and talk through your challenges to get an outside perspective. There is a solution to every problem, but often times we get in our own way. Taking some time to get your thoughts out and allow someone else to help guide you closer to a solution can move you through the challenges more quickly. Talking things out is not the same as complaining, so be sure to check yourself. If you are mindlessly venting and finding yourself complaining to anyone who will listen, you are not moving in the right direction. Work toward solutions, rather than simmering in the problems.
You know the old saying... "You have to spend money to make money"? In my years of running businesses, producing performances and growing my own career, this is one thing that always rings true. But, this doesn't just mean that you need to spend money on stuff. When you commit to investing in your own education, skill set, and wellness, then you are proving to yourself that you believe in your potential. Take the class. Go to the conference. Get a business coach. Join a networking group. Book the massage.
And, if you find yourself always feeling the need to explain yourself to others (your spouse, significant other, parents, etc) when you want to invest in yourself, consider this your permission slip to take care of yourself. You do not need to explain why you are spending money on your growth. Ever. End of story. You get one chance at life, you must prioritize your growth!
Do something in your business that scares you. Hate making phone calls? Schedule a few calls this week. Nervous to publish that post, or share that video, or send that email? Do it!
Spending a little time each week facing those little things in every business that are outside of your comfort zone will not only build your confidence in those skills, but will also energize you to keep tackling the tasks that scare you.
I know that doesn't sound like great advice, but hear me out...
Stop spending so much time writing down your goals, and instead spend more time writing out the ACTIONS you need to take to reach those goals. A lot of careers hit a stand still when you get stuck in the planning phases. Switching your thoughts to actions rather than goals will keep you moving forward.
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