What do you believe to be true? What you believe is the primary force behind the choices you make, the decisions you accept, and the life you live? During these last few months many of us have been seriously impacted by the insane rollercoaster and crash of the economy. But, what if you saw this chaos as an opportunity to re-create, re-examine, and live with a fresh and clear sense of being?

Does this sound too ‘new-age’ for you? Why? As I look back over my work life of some 30 years, there have been times when the economy dropped and jobs were lost (I think of the 1980’s). I’ve quit jobs and I’ve been fired. I’ve been cutback and made redundant. I’ve survived downsizing. I’ve worried about the bank account and retirement plans. I’ve turned down opportunities and people thought me crazy. Every event offered me the opportunity to examine my beliefs and challenge myself. Each time I made a career shift, I learned more about myself and about the world we share.

There are people who rise above tough times. How does this happen? I think that instead of panicking and reverting to the basic needs that Maslow describes, these individuals continue to move forward into the higher levels of human needs. Those needs are focused upon self development, self-reflection, and personal growth. Even in turbulent times we can grow without needing to invest anything other than time.

For example, there are public libraries where you can read and relax, use the internet, or work on your resume. You can improve your wellness by using nature as your gym, or the stairway in your house or apartment. You can handle stress by meditating in your backyard or in your bedroom in your pyjamas. If you’re using public transportation consider using that time productively by reading or listening to your MP3 player. Instead of feeling victimized, accept the responsibility to discover opportunities.

Tough economic times cause us to react in a variety of ways especially if we perceive a loss. That might be a loss in status, a drop in income, a loss of a job, or an unwanted career shift. There are ripple effects into all aspects of your life from a loss. With any kind with any loss there is a time of reacting. It’s usually a mix of denial, fear, a sense of paralysis or hopelessness. These feelings don’t have to last forever.

Remember, recessions happen. Consider also that people from all walks of life and income levels, have faced unimaginable loss yet chose to continue forward. Maybe you are still scared and anxious. While that’s part of the process, there is a time when you decide to move forward or do nothing. You might benefit from talking to someone to get a more helpful perspective or to explore options that you’ve not yet considered. You can learn from others. Consider modelling the people you admire. Ask yourself what they are doing that you admire. Do they seem calmer, focused, well-informed, logical, confident, curious? Keep your mind and spirit open to change.

Do you evaluate what you hear or read from the media? The media is exceptional at showing things at their worse or most dramatic. Did you know that hundreds of thousands of people are still working? People do find jobs? People do start over and build new success. That information isn’t always showcased by the media. So, listen critically to the media. What do you believe to be true? It won’t always be what you’re told.

This is a renaissance of our economic status and personal values. This is the time for you to take control of your life and of your mind. What do you believe? Do you believe that you have incredible resources within you that you’ve not yet explored? Chose to believe you can do more than survive. You can thrive!

Cheryl Charron, MA(IS), CHT, MNLP, CPC, BA Adv.


Author's Bio: 

Cheryl Charron is a coach who works with folks from all walks of life manage change and find satisfaction and sometimes glee!.