Confession: My January was not bold or brilliant.
With a five-year-old in tow, I faced a travel saga that is not for the faint of heart. It included the FAA grounding all planes, missed connections, hours in airports, delayed de-icing on the runway, hours sitting on the runway only to be taken back to the gate, days stuck in an airport hotel, a failed landing in high winds, a flight that told us they were running short on fuel, a flight that got us to Bermuda and turned around only to take us to Boston to refuel and then take us back to New York (we spent almost 9 hours on a full plane to get back where we started), a plane with a piece of metal in the tire, and more. Following more plane hours than I care to count, I got incredibly ill and was in bed for almost two weeks.
It can be hard to not get overwhelmed and disheartened when things feel out of control. But, our mindset is always in our control.
After taking 13 hours to get from Washington D.C. to New York, my son said to me: “This is our luckiest day”. Well I felt many things that day (expletives included) and ‘lucky’ was definitely not on the list. However, my son viewed it as a travel adventure and more time with Mummy. A reminder: When facing change, mindset is everything.
In short, January wasn’t what I had hoped for (understatement). My husband shared a quote from his recent meditation:”Begin Again”. That is my mantra for February: “Begin Again”. It is a reminder that every day we have the power to start over. It is a reminder that the concepts in Begin Boldly are not just for those in the earlier stages of their careers. Instead, we can all begin boldly at any time in our journey.
Here’s to beginning again in February.
Read on for this month’s roundup – including the tools and insights that helped me navigate the bumpy start of 2023.
“Over and over, we begin again.“
– Banana Yoshimoto
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A Slight Change of Plans
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One Tool, Technique or Tactic To Try
Claim your reaction to change as a “choice”.
Life is fluid, with constant challenges and opportunities large and small that we are all going to face both professionally and personally. Change is both inevitable and scary.
Advice from Begin Boldly: Claim your reaction to change as a “choice”.
Externally imposed change can sometimes interfere with feelings of autonomy and make you feel that you’ve lost control. However, autonomy, ownership, and empowerment come from choice in the face of change.
See your reaction to change as a choice that only you can make. It’s up to you to choose wisely.
In times of change and uncertainty, ask yourself: Will I choose resistance or response?
You can funnel energy into resisting change, or you can use that same time and energy to be intentional about your response to change.
Despite discomfort with change, those who have cultivated bold and brilliant career and life paths attribute it partly to their ability to embrace change and manage their mindset and response to it.
Instead of focusing on resistance, focus on response.
Let’s go live boldly!