Financial meltdown, economic slowdown, health care horror stories (mixed with miracles), touch the psyche. Things are not the same as they used to be. As Einstein said, “the thinking/consciousness that created the situation is not the thinking that will get us out.” There are two ways to navigate change and its impact. There is the Chicken Little approach which amounts to running around with your hair on fire pointing to the sky claiming helplessness, and then there is the ‘You’ approach: one that brings into alignment your personal and professional self to See and Be whole. Here are twenty-one ways to convert your past experience with life into your present ability to walk into complexity and uncertainty with Zen-like calm and trust. You’ll impress your friends and neighbors.

1. Notice whether you are running around with your hair on fire. [If your company is panicking it will unconsciously deflect their panic to employees.] If you feel panic or fearful it is best to say so. Then you can deal with it. As long as you are being hijacked by your emotions you have no chance of managing them. Try breathing from the diaphragm instead. The world will look friendlier.

2. Notice where you have repeating negative patterns that show up in your life. For those of you who have kids, it’s much like ‘The Cat Came Back’ - the same story but different event shows up as a continuous loop. This tells you that the value of the experience has not yet been converted into knowledge. Like a gerbil, you are on a wheel. To get off, you have to break the pattern, learn and gain value from what you have experienced.

3. Notice how you talk to yourself and the world when your expectations haven’t been met. Would you talk to your best friend like that? What words would show more receptivity for what is possible? Release creating conflict that you then have to manage. Replace expectation (implicit or explicit) with acceptance.

4. Notice where you feel blocked or resistance or stagnant. How do you deal with it? Frustration? Anger? Acceptance? Flow? Use this as data.

5. Notice what is going on around you. What is your network of friends, peers and family saying thinking and doing? What diet of energetic thought is your energy nourished by? See where this reveals patterns, habits, recycled stories or inspiration, energy and purpose-driven action.

6. Notice where you lay blame or judge. It will sound like: He said/she said, or ‘if only she/he would have, could have, should have. More directly, it could be, “You… you’re the one who took my power, my energy, my superpowers.” It is a good signal of where you can take responsibility for your own decisions rather than dump blame on others so you can play victim. Watch also for any temptations to bully others. All signal the desire for more control over life. Being response-able comes first. Yes, it takes courage to even read those words so congratulations! You are already making progress.

7. Observe yourself as if you were the director of your own movie, cameraman with the HD camera resting comfortably on your shoulder. You are filming yourself in action as the actor. Note how you move through the world. Don’t bother judging, it’s a waste of time. Have compassion for yourself.

8. Observe your perception of yourself. Is it shaped by what others think or by your own sense of self-concept? Ditch what others think and rebuild trust in you. This is not a recommendation to become narcissistic. It is about reconnecting to your intuition, and natural gift. That’s what matters.

9. Discover what your passion is. Pay attention to your energy, your heart’s energy in particular. Notice in particular how your body reacts to specific situations or memories. It’s trying to tell you something.

10. Pay attention to your beliefs. They show up in what you say. Pay particular attention to the ones that serve to limit your vision for what is possible. What is the point in that?

11. Ever heard yourself say something that you regretted? Chances are it leaked up from your non-conscious mind. If it’s useful – great; if it revealed something that you don’t like in yourself, and then go to the experience that created that belief. That is where the value lies.

12. TV numbs the nervous system. Most people walk around feeling numb. This is tricky when 90% of the information your brain uses to navigate comes from sensory data you pick up from your surroundings. Spend time in nature to clear the frenetic noise (electro-magnetic interference; mental chatter) out of your energy field.

13. Get out of your head or at least balance it with intuition. When you are afraid you rely more on your mental process to think your way out ignoring the cues that inform right action, timing and foresight. Engage your creativity; reawaken it. That is the doorway to a vast field on knowledge and high speed information processor. (Note: This holds true for companies. Those which headed to the government for bailouts missed ALL the cues; fear of losing market share a possible driver?

14. Notice your sensitivity to energy. Some people have solid boundaries; others not so much. If you are sensitive the good news is that you can see and feel the invisible; what is not being said. The bad news is that you must learn to train your energy body so it doesn’t take you out but serves you better. More good news-as you do, your superpowers expand exponentially. You can choose a business/working environment that works… for you. You won’t be fooled by smoke screens.

15. Increase your body awareness. Make the mind-body connection. Your intuition can speak to you through your body and it will pick up information that is well beyond your direct physical arena. Notice when and where your body is cranky. Eventually, you will be able to make the connection between what you are emotionally experiencing and physically manifesting.

16. Health is directly related to stored memories that, until revealed, can create disease. Your brain downloads excess stress into your body which results in disease. Get some help to go deep into the line of inquiry that will reveal the generational or personal memory that is not working for you. Set yourself free!

17. Ditch the focus on the clock. Shift it to your values and priorities. The worship of time is a rather time-bound orientation in a world where the evolution of your consciousness has much more power and effect for navigating complexity. Gain clarity on what matters for you and organize your actions accordingly.

18. What is your attitude toward change or difference? Can you see what is on the periphery as well as what is in front of you? Where do you insist on sorting and cataloging the behavior of others to feel comfort with your place in the world? (Try having a conversation on GenY – judgment abounds!) Pay attention to where judgment over rides curiosity. Choose curiosity.

19. What kind of intelligence do you value? If you narrowly define intelligence as the capacity to see the world the same way you do, well… you’ll miss the value of diversity in perspective. Intelligence takes many forms. The art is in being able to recognize the form as the packaging. Take tattooed body decorated youth for example. Brilliant minds sit inside those expressions of tribe. Creative innovation comes from difference.

20. Understand your learning style. Many people judge themselves for not being able to absorb information in a particular way when in fact, their learning style is oriented toward visual or auditory or kinesthetic. If you learned from school that you weren’t smart, remember that the system typically operates on a fairly narrow mindset which values memory recall over creativity for example. When you know how you learn, you can effectively convert information into knowledge which shows up in your integrity and capacity for self-leadership. This is totally transparent to anyone with a sensory capacity.

21. Connect to your higher self. This is your ultimate guidance system and it speaks to you on your own specific channel. By developing personal mastery in all of the above and then some you will ultimately expand self-actualization which in turn develops a sense of flow with high speed change rather than a clunk and resist approach closely followed by implosion.

Author's Bio: 

Dawna H. Jones: Innovation for Global Sustainability – One Person; One Company at a Time. Dawna has spent 25 years helping companies and their employees deepen self & organizational awareness to achieve higher levels of performance. Committed to doing whatever it takes to spark profound, lasting change in teams, organizations – or within oneself – she merges science, metaphysics, human and physical dynamics to optimal advantage.