When Problems Arise, Do You Stand and Fight?
By Sandy Schroeder
Few of us make it through life without a few challenges. Illness strikes, jobs change, and people come and go. What we make of the current landscape can make all of the difference.
Individuals who are strong may see challenges as cues to head in a new direction, and they do.
Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services many Fortune 500 companies, weighed in on this issue recently, pointing out how we can make challenges work for us.
Here are some habits to acquire.
Know How to Say No – Researchers say mentally strong people believe in their own abilities. They avoid stress and burnout by saying “no” when a request does not work for them. They skip excuses, and calmly decline. But they also leave the door open for changes, and new suggestions.
Know How to Handle Toxic People – Some people thrive on difficult situations that can waste the time and energy of everyone. Maneuvering around them, or dealing with them, works best if you park your emotions at the door. See if you can find any common ground. If not, move on without a lot of commotion.
Believe In Yourself – If you consistently doubt yourself, others may do the same. Base your confidence on your achievements and skills as you reach out to others with similar talents and views.
Look for Positives – One positive really can create more. Learn from your mistakes, and apply that knowledge to the next situation. Don’t waste your time, or that of others, with rehashes.
Stay Active – Think about how you feel when you are out enjoying sports, or in the gym, compared to the times when exercise gets lost. Most of us feel better about ourselves when we stay active and benefit from the physical and mental boost.
Interact and Grow – All of us know someone who excels. Watching them, and learning from their actions, makes sense. But constantly comparing yourself to them can sabotage your confidence. Learning how to work with a mix of people; staying open to the flow of ideas and skills really works best. Everybody grows.
Stay Flexible – Most of us know someone who is rigid, firmly locked into their views. We also know people who always want to know what’s new. Guess who is going to be more comfortable in the future. We all know there is nothing as constant as change. Keeping our eyes open, and having a Plan B, is really the way to benefit from change.
Pick the habits that work for you, and use them wherever they fit.
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