Just like that, our year is ending! Usually, this time of year, we are all getting ready to spend quality time with our families for Thanksgiving and then start the holiday rush filled with gratefulness, hope, and most of all, family. However, this year it is a little different. We might not be able to have those large family gatherings. Some people are struggling due to being out of work or furloughed. Others are essential workers and concerned about the virus, or even just exhausted because longer and harder working hours. Some are worried about having a job, or even being the one must reduce jobs. These concerns do not bring up what this season usually brings to mind: love, gratefulness, and family. What comes to mind is anxiety and fear.
As a coach, I know fear is a widespread phenomenon. It is the core of what keeps people and organizations stuck. It is genuine and hard to get past. It is like an invisible wall that you do not even realize is there, sometimes acting like a friend, trying to keep you safe. However, as professionals, we know that the one constant in life is change, and fear makes that hard to do. So, this year because of all the added pressure, along with the shopping madness, I propose we try something different. We are the experts. We can set the examples for our communities, individuals, and even ourselves and help get through this season and make it a little more joyful and less fearful.
We cannot control everything, but we can control how we act and respond. Marshall Goldsmith has a straightforward practice he does every day. Every day he asks himself active questions and grades himself (0), no action, (1), action. The “active questions” can be anything you want. Start simple. Here are some simple suggestions to build gratitude and reduce fear.
Did I do my best today to:
- Be happy?
- Find meaning?
- Build positive relationships?
- Be engaged?
- Find something to be grateful for?
According to research, it is tough for your brain to engage this way and still be fearful. I do not know about you, but I think it worth a try. I have always had one straightforward goal for GOOD -- building connections and a community that cares about each. What is your goal? Would you like to join me in creating less fear? I would love to hear about the ways you reduce fear and build change. Feel free to drop me a note at email@example.com.
Lastly, we will be sending out our annual survey shortly. Please take the time to let us know what you think. We serve to make this an organization for each of you to learn, grow, and network. We would love to hear how to improve. You can also email me directly with any thoughts.
Thank you for being part of the GOOD NETWORK this year on behalf of the entire leadership team. We are all thankful for each and everyone of you and we wish you all a safe, and joyful holiday season. Alone is Hard. Together is Better.