I started this piece a while ago, reflecting on the new challenges I had taken on in the last couple of years and the lessons I have learnt, but given the current COVID-19 pandemic it feels even more relevant. We are all having to embrace change, learn new ways, overcome challenges and try things for the first time. We all of course react differently to change, some embrace it and love the feeling of the unexpected, others feel so out of their depth they can’t see a way forward. I am no expert, but here are a few of my tips and lastly my inspiration for being excited about the future, whatever it may mean!
My first tip is not to knee jerk, particularly when a change or challenge is unexpected. It is often tempting to react immediately but taking time to think it over, and consider, means you can see benefits or opportunities, even if you are not sure at that stage how to reach them.
Next is to make a list or a plan – I love a list or a spider! Breaking a challenge down, or considering both costs and benefits of a change, helps you be more objective and makes a challenge seem less daunting if you can see it in smaller chunks.
Third is to remember you are not alone, if you are facing this then the chances are someone else is too. Talking over and listening to people with different strengths and opinions to yourself can often help you reappraise a situation or see a solution you could not see before.