For many, this is a time of considerable fear, anxiety, uncertainty and negativity. Much of our self-worth and self-esteem seems increasingly and inexplicably tied to two numbers: the one that shows our bank balance and the one that indicates our net worth in cash, stocks, bonds and real estate. We rarely think about our self-worth and self-esteem in terms of our gifts, talents, strengths and marketable skills, knowledge and expertise. If you take the view that what’s happening now in the financial markets is a disaster then remember that in every disaster, there is opportunity. However, if you focus on the disaster, you can miss many of the opportunities that are always there for the taking.
What opportunities can you possibly uncover when you are constantly bombarded with noisy and negative news? You have a choice. You can stay glued to your computer or smartphone and become paralyzed with fear, sick with anxiety, overwhelmed by uncertainty and negativity or you can choose to take a technology timeout and be positive, productive, peaceful, proactive and powerful despite noisy and negative news.
Be Positive – Avoid drowning in a pool of negativity rather swim in a sea of positive thoughts. Focus on what’s going well in your life and in your work. Help others to see what’s going well in their work and in their lives. See the positive in every person and situation. Do three positive things every day for yourself or for others.
Be Productive – Keep busy doing both the things you love and the things you loathe in your role or in your business. Think about ways that you can save time and money in your work and in your life. Surround yourself with positive and productive people. Reach out and reconnect with people from your past, in your present and for your future.
Be Peaceful – Stay calm, cool and collected. Tune out the noisy and negative news. Commit to 30 minutes of quiet time every day. Do more of the things that relax, refresh and restore you – prepare fresh and healthy food, do moderate or vigorous exercise sessions, get the right amount of sleep for you, plan to take all of your outstanding vacation days.
Be Proactive – Stop talking and thinking and start acting and achieving. What can you do to make things better in your life and in your work? Start by making a four-month plan for the rest of this year and a 12 month plan for next year. Set three monthly manageable and achievable goals and track your progress and success on a daily or weekly basis.
Be Powerful – Recognize what you do well, what inspires and motivates you and why you feel great about your life and your work. Maintain a high level of energy, enthusiasm, excitement and excellence to prevent feeling overwhelmed and overpowered. Be empathetic and encouraging. Be grateful for the present and look forward to the future.