There Is Always Something To Be Grateful ForOct 27, 2020
"When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”
As the beginning of November fast approaches, the remaining autumn leaves are still quite colorful and beautiful and there’s a crisp in the air. Ever since I was a child, my most favorite holiday is Thanksgiving as it’s a time to spend with family and friends and eating (way too much) delicious food!
This year will undoubtedly be different due to the coronavirus – for my family and many others. I’m guessing we’ll be having our share of Zoom family calls to bring us all together … much like we’ve done since the start of the pandemic.
Yet, even in ‘normal’ times, it’s not unusual for some people to feel anxious about this time of year and the approaching holidays. Adding to the mix, this year we are also facing continued concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, widespread unemployment, and, for many, financial worries. In addition, here in the US, we’re facing a critically important election … and much more.
As a friendly reminder, you never know what people are going through, so I encourage you to heed this advice: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
This month’s newsletter is focused on the power of being thankful and grateful – in good times and in more challenging times.
Please stay safe and healthy. For those who celebrate the holiday in several weeks, Happy Thanksgiving! I’m so grateful and thankful you’re in my life!
What are you grateful for? (Click reply and let me know!)
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P.P.S. To learn more about Your Call To Action and how I help my clients go from being frustrated, burned out, stuck in a toxic environment or worried about being downsized, to feeling excited, valued and re-energized at work (and in their life) again, take a look around my website.
There Is Always, Always, Always Something To Be Grateful For
I feel fortunate that I’ve had many wonderful experiences and times in my life, amazing life-long friends, colleagues and clients from every stage of my life, and an awesome family. However, like many of you, I’ve had plenty of disappointments and distressing situations in my life, including being downsized twice from positions I loved and excelled in.
What I found to be extremely beneficial and helped to pull me through challenging times are:
- Focus on the positives in your life. At bedtime, reflect on your day and come up with 3 things you’re grateful for in your life or the positive things that occurred throughout your day.
- Who do you know who’s experienced what you’re going through? Identify 1 or 2 people you feel you can confide in, and reach out to them. Seek their advice on what they did to help them overcome this situation, what they would have done differently if they were going through the situation again (hindsight is 20/20), etc.
- What are some logical next steps you can begin taking to move you forward? Grab a pen and paper, and do a brain dump. Don’t judge or second guess yourself! Step away for a period of time, and come back and review your list. What is the first step you can take? What’s the next one? What’s the third one? Now take action, and make sure you evaluate as you go along. If need be, course correct … but keep moving forward.
Here are some pitfalls to avoid when you’re experiencing challenging times:
- Overstaying your welcome at your pity party! Depending upon the situation, it’s important to acknowledge how you’re feeling and take time to deal with it. For example, if you’ve been downsized, take time to deal with the shock, anger, disappointment or grieve your loss, but the best thing you can do is to put a plan in place and move forward as soon as possible.
- While in job search mode, try to keep any frustrations or negative feelings to a few ‘chosen’ people. It’s so important to be positive and upbeat outwardly as you never know who you may meet or run into who could be helpful to you in your search.
- Avoid (or minimize) surrounding yourself with negative people during this time. It’s fairly common for downsized professionals to meet (virtually or in person) and gripe about their situation. Instead, use this opportunity to help each other with introductions or referrals, share strategies that are working, and/or act as accountability partners for one another.
If you are a mid- to senior level executive looking to make a job/career change yet aren’t sure how best to go about it in today’s environment OR you’re struggling and frustrated that your search isn’t gaining traction, please contact me. You don’t have to do this alone … and with my proven strategies, coaching, guidance and support you’ll land your dream role quicker by working with me! To schedule a complimentary 40-minute strategy session, click here.
Referrals and introductions to mid- to senior level executives within your network who could benefit from my services is the greatest compliment you can give me.
Thank you for your trust!
If you are a mid- to senior-level executive and motivated to find your next opportunity (or know someone who is), I'd love to speak with you to better understand your situation, what you're looking to do, and see how I can be of help.
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More About Kathleen
Kathleen is an ICF Certified Coach with 20+ years in Coaching and Training. Her natural warmth, compassion and positivity has supported many people on their personal and professional development journey. Her person-centered coaching helps her clients increase their confidence and well-being. Living in Tipperary, Ireland, Kathleen enjoys working virtually with people around the world and ‘walks the talk’ of Building Resilience spending lots of time in the beautiful Irish outdoors.
Prior to launching Your Call To Action in 2015, Audie spent over 30 years in technology sales and sales leadership roles working with C-Level and other key stakeholders at Fortune 1000 companies utilizing a consultative and value-based approach to addressing her clients' needs.
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