Change brings opportunity
This blog is one of a series, you can find the last one here if you missed it.
Knowing how coaches love to collaborate and use their knowledge to support others, we went out to our network to ask if they would share one piece of advice to help us adapt and thrive in periods of unexpected change. We had a lot of brilliant advice which we’ve broken down into these articles.
As we are still working with clients on their careers in the midst of this turmoil we turned to fellow career coaches, Lauren Malach, https://www.laurenmalachcoaching.com and Carol Read, https://www.carolreadconsultancy.com for some insight here. Lauren says,
“The past few weeks have introduced so much uncertainty, loss and disorientation into our lives. It’s hard to know what to do. Should we lay low and wait until the storm blows over? Keep applying for the vacant positions we see? For people who are in the middle of a career transition or for those who have lost their job, the immediate future feels bleak. What advice can we offer?
Here are a few guiding principles I hope will offer solace and direction.
Now is a time to reflect on all your past successes and shine those stories like jewels in your crown.
Now is a good time to engage and connect with others. Check in on former colleagues or get involved in discussions on social media with people you admire.
Now is a good time to rest and recover. You can still take action by applying for jobs or freshening up your resume but complement those actions with restorative activities that fortify your soul.
Now is a good time to think about what really matters to you. That way, when we go back to being busy all the time, you know what to say yes to. And what to say no to.
Now is a time for self-compassion. Talk to yourself as you would to a 5 year old child. Be forgiving to yourself and others.
Now is a time to remember that this will not last forever. It’s a temporary situation with an end in the future. And perhaps most importantly,
Now is a good time to be brave. Harness the courage you have within you to face this challenge with optimism, patience and perseverance.
Carol encourages clients to have a growth mindset.
“My one piece of advice is to understand your value; the world has changed, take the time to review and capture the learning from this time. Understand how you can pivot your work to our new world; Act with a creative, pioneering spirit, generous heart and a collaborative soul.”
If you’d like more information please feel free to contact Lauren or Carol, using the links provided. You can also be in touch with us at Fionareithcoaching@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org