Times are hard. The recession has come upon us. And as usual it came with its numerous off-shoots that possess a whole lot of challenges to us. Everybody is complaining, most people are whining about it and some people are coursing. What are you doing about this situation? Are you still blaming someone else? Or have you taken the bull by the horn, by deciding to chart your own course?
Do all you need to do to thrive in this times but However, when you go through these difficult times, there are some critical do-nots you should know and adhere to. If you follow them, these do-nots are canons that can help you go through this season and come out with your heads high.
Below are the five things you should avoid in this challenging times.
Don’t Lose Your Values
Not only will this times come to test the strength of your values, they will also try to steal or contaminate them. Therefore, when you go through the challenges that comes with the current economic recession, it’s important that you guide your values with all diligence. Stay true to your values because when the current challenges are over, it’s your values that will take you to the top, keep you there…and give your life a true meaning.
Don’t Lose Your Energy
You need energy to confront your challenges and create success—the energy of passion, purpose, faith, joy, hope, grit. It’s easy for you to generate energy when things are moving great. But what about when they go wrong…and keep going wrong? Well, it doesn’t matter what circumstance hits you, you actually decide what level of energy you bring into your space. As we go through these tough times, don’t lose your energy. In fact, this is the time you need to up the ante.
Don’t Resort to Self Pity
That you are going through challenges is understandable. That the economy is hard is understandable. That pressure at the workplace is getting red-hot is understandable. But that you begin to feel pity for yourself as a result of the challenge is cowardly and dangerous. There is no need soliciting for a pity party. Don’t fall into that trap—its consequences are usually not palatable. Rather than feel pity for yourself, brace up and take full responsibility and begin to paddle your own boat. There is pride in such. Remember, success won’t come to you out of pity. It will only come to you out of principles.
Don’t Create Disempowering Representations
When you find yourself going through a difficult moment, always remember that the problem is not the challenge. The problem is not the recession. The problem is actually how you interpret the challenge to yourself. It was Stephen Covey, author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, who said, “The way you see the problem is the problem.” The way you represent a challenge to yourself can either empower you to grow or dis-empower you. Therefore, choose to empower yourself with the way you represent your challenge. Pick up your challenge and give it a better meaning—a meaning that puts you in a state to overcome and grow.
Don’t Come Out Of It Without a Lesson
Many people go through challenges, but that’s just all they do. It is only a few that grow through their challenges. Challenges will come and go, the recession will come and go, but the key question is: What state will it leave you in? Did it leave you a better person? When challenges hit you and you don’t learn from them, you’re only shortchanging yourself. So this is what I suggest: as we go through this difficult season, take a pause, step back and ask yourself: What’s this challenge teaching me or what can I learn from this challenge? The truth is that, there is always something to learn when you ask such vital question.
Use the above five do-nots to maximize your results in this tough times. And if you like the five prescriptions, please don’t forget to share them with someone you care for dearly.
Have a great day and stay productive.
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