The impact of major change hits like a tsunami and causes enormous stress on professionals. Many companies are going through extreme change – change that will transform their businesses in profound ways. And changes that will transform lives - for the good and the bad.
How do you - should you even try to - focus on personal development when times are so tough?
You know the answer to this question. Yes. Staying challenged and engaged is even more important now because you will need to be performing at your peak to remain competitive. If you are walking around like a zombie - depressed, or sad, or worried, or OR OR OR... you may miss out on the very opportunities that have the potential to turn things around.
It is tough, I know, to stay focused when times are tough and we (or our friends) are struggling. Here are a few tips:
- Do just a few small things each day that are fun and engaging - intellectually engaging.
- If you find yourself in a position that you are looking for work, make the job search a job, Get up every morning, get dressed and go to work getting work.
- Take the initiative to suggest improvements at work. Being a part of the solution will feel better than if you dwell on the problems.
- Stay engaged with your professional associations and volunteer. Giving back always leaves us richer.
- Don't listen to too much news!
Check out one of the following books:
And my book, Two Weeks to a Breakthrough (sorry, I don't mean to self-promote here, but it is a very good book for helping you get jump started and zooming forward again).
And if you need help adjusting to change, check out Transitions.