Many of us regard academic results and earning potential as important markers and measures of success but they’re only part of a many-faceted picture. In reality, success has many faces. So many of us are influenced and guided by other people’s hopes, dreams and aspirations, encouraging us to follow their goal of what success looks like. They may have missed out on a university education, have unfulfilled dreams of pursuing a professional career, like becoming a doctor or accountant, and want those they love to succeed where they failed.
Many of us have seen first-hand how quickly our children have become disenchanted with getting up and dressed for school each day, how demotivated they’ve become about learning and education. But that loss of engagement has not only happened to children during the global pandemic. Working from home, hardly bothering to get washed or dressed for the obligatory zoom meeting, being on furlough, perhaps being paid to do nothing or very little has turned many of us away from being the inspired,
Are you one of those people who everyone turns to in a crisis?
You’re calm, confident, together and never seem to flap under pressure. People trust that when they turn to you for answers, you’ll be there for them, ready to help, able to find solutions to problems, all the while providing reassurance and comfort.
But what about you? Who looks after you on your tough days and gives you the comfort and support you sometimes need?
Many people have expressed their distress at not being able to see close family and friends during the global pandemic and, indeed, this lack of contact has caused serious emotional and mental hardship to many people. Students missing being able to return home to visit family, grandparents not seeing their newly born grandchildren are just two examples of the overwhelming sense of loss being endured at this time. Those in business have worked hard to cultivate long-standing relationships with customers,
These past few months have been an exhausting, emotionally draining time for many of us. Whether we’re working longer hours, worried because we’re not working, uncertain about the future, staying indoors with fractious children or a partner, concerned about elderly relatives, no-one’s had it easy. The amount of tolerance and forbearance required, the mental agility to cope with new, unfamiliar ways, compounded with the challenge of emotionally supporting people devastated at the situation they find themselves in during this unprecedented pandemic has taken its toll on everyone involved.
Some of us may remember the concept of a job for life, where you worked for a large blue-chip company or solid family business and received opportunities for training, promotion, travel and even relocation, leaving only due to personal choice or circumstance. Today this is a somewhat alien concept, with many people changing their jobs every three years or so through boredom or redundancy.
A job for life is pretty much extinct.
As companies fold,
As lockdown restrictions start to lift it’s becoming increasingly apparent that there are distinct differences in our attitudes towards moving forward. Some businesses have continued trading throughout and many have thrived due to extra demand for their essential advice, care, goods and services. This requirement may now have to be reviewed and ultimately modified as demand for those specific items gradually wanes.
For those who’ve had an exceptionally busy year, successfully tailored their offerings to meet specific demands,
Working from home is becoming a more popular choice, especially of late with the spread of Coronavirus, where most office-based businesses have their workforces exercising social distancing for at least the next few months. Before the pandemic there were many reasons home working was gaining momentum as the method of choice for many workers and businesses.
Some staff employed by large organisations may have responsibility for several regions in the country and are home-based for expediency. They may have to attend meetings and updates at head office on occasion (which is now via zoom or skype),
Certain times of the year can prompt us to review our lives. It may be a new year, an anniversary, a significant birthday that motivates us to pause awhile and reflect on where we are, on what we’ve done with our lives and what we’d like to do next.
For some this could be a pleasurable few moments of reflection. We’ve achieved much of what we aimed for, have good relationships, lovely children, a successful career or business,
Certain words seem to be popular at different times. They’re used as buzz words, meant to encourage us to focus on specific aspects of our health, wellbeing and performance. Resilience is the latest of these words, but what do you understand by it, what does resilience mean to you? Many of us regard resilience as being about tenacity, durability, coping with ‘the heat’ and being ready and able to bounce back. Perspective is an important aspect of resilience, seeing hurdles as stepping-stones and not treating them as barriers or stumbling blocks.