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Surviving and Thriving In Difficult Times

Life Manual
If your life came with a set of directions, what would they be?

Each of us would have a different manual with some basic instructions in common: get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, exercise, create work-life balance, and attend to overall self-care. Unfortunately, American culture does not support self-care. Generally, folks who flout the basic instructions are rewarded in many industries--who hasn't heard about the driven professional who works late into the night and over the weekend for that big bonus? Learning how to integrate basic healthy living into our lives can be challenging during these troubling times.

Richter Scale
In many ways, this moment in history is heading towards the top-end of the Richter scale of daily life. We're flooded with troubling news and dark predications about world politics and the global economy. For many of us, there's a strong drive to just throw ourselves into overdrive and work hard to make fast decisions based on challenging situations. When we live in a daily atmosphere of stress and worst-case scenarios, it's important to recognize what we can and can't control. Case in point: We can't control the state of the world, but we can control how, when, and how much news about the world to take in throughout the day. Ultimately, we can only control our own behavior.

Surviving and Thriving
Even though we each have our own version of what it would mean to survive and thrive during difficult times, there are some basic steps we can all take towards building the inner resources needed to move forward in our lives. Here are seven steps for you to consider adding to your own life manual:

Step 1
Self-awareness.
Change starts here, the more aware you are of your own impact on others,  the greater the opportunity for change and growth.

Step 2
Ask a trusted friend, colleague, or coach to help you look at yourself objectively.
This is critical to understanding how others perceive you in the world, and will serve as your baseline for growth.

Step 3
Identify your behavioral strengths and challenges.
Keep a running list of where you shine in life and where you struggle, this will help you stay focused on what's important to you.

Step 4
Chose one behavior that you would like to change.
Changing your behavior will take hard work and deliberate action; keep your goals small and concrete.

Step 5
Be clear with yourself about the outcome you're looking to attain.
Visualize your outcome and write or draw a picture of what it will look like when you've reached it.

Step 6
Be consistent in your awareness of your behaviors.
Be vigilant but kind with yourself, you'll move forward at the pace that's right for you.

Step 7
Solicit objective feedback from your trusted friend, colleague, or coach.
Make time to talk with others about how they think you're doing, celebrate your accomplishments and learn from your struggles.

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If you're interested in building your inner resources for surviving and thriving during difficult times, I invite you to contact me for a free phone consultation.