“There are times when you want to work on a writing project, your creative work, job search strategies, or marketing concepts and your mind feels like mush. Where did the motivation and great ideas go? Maybe out the window or up in the clouds. You can’t be sure, but there are things you can do to get your mind on the work at hand.” Focus and Destress in Times of Uncertainty, Nancy J. Miller, Thrive Global.
Are distractions taking you away from the work you want to do? Do you feel unsuccessful or unappreciated for your creative work? There are so many ways to define success. Look around and you will find people who define success for you if you let them. You can be swept up feeling unsuccessful when you are doing work you love, and you are doing it well. Being clear on your values will keep you on track and define your personal success. Values Drive Success in Creating Meaningful Work, Nancy J. Miller, Thrive Global.
“There are things in our lives that seem big, but they are really temporary or minor problems. The small things get big when we focus too much attention on them. When we make small things big, we can overlook the big things that become the elephant in the room that we are not seeing. If we take care of the small things as they come up, we are better able to cope with the big stuff.” When Small Things Get Big and Big Things Get Small, January 9, 2020/in Practices for Professionals /by Nancy J. Miller, StrategyDriven.
Have you experienced challenges in your life that created distractions for your business or career? You are your business whether as an entrepreneur or employee. Challenges, whether physical, emotional, or environmental create distractions for doing the work you love. Often Challenges Come in Many Layers as I describe in my article. We may have financial, physical, work, or family challenges when a crisis like the COVID pandemic hits. It is a layer on top of layers.
To find better ways of working at home and on the job, it often takes unlayering of challenges and finding solutions. As a Counselor, Career Coach, and Certified Life Coach, I have worked with professionals, job seekers, and people in crisis. In fact, I became a Life Coach because our lives and careers are so intertwined. It gives me great joy to experience the transformation in my clients when they uncover the blocks that are holding them back; whether fears they didn’t recognize or limiting beliefs they weren’t aware of. I work together with my clients to:
- Identify the problem and often the problem within a problem.
- Choose an intervention whether it is active listening, clarifying questions, or an NLP transformation.
- Have the courage to take a new action.
Find the freedom to share your personal, business, and career story. Break through the barriers that are holding you back from being the entrepreneur you want to be to create your own career success.
We all feel the many layers of challenges. Some of us have more layers than others and some layers may diminish while others may multiply. In my own life, I rarely experience one challenge at a time, possibly because I was born with the challenge of limited eyesight. Finding myself almost blind when I started kindergarten, then having multiple eye surgeries, some more successful than others; I found school challenging. With a love of learning, I couldn’t seem to stop going to college until I received a graduate degree. Challenges kept layering but determination kept me going.
I understand the many layers of challenges and wanted to use my Career Counseling and Life Coaching to help those of you who are currently experiencing challenges and the added layer of COVID. With the help and support of a colleague, I developed the Always Employable Virtual Career Center, and the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club, to share:
- private Facebook group
It all started with the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club that is morphing into a virtual career center. In the process of setting up the website for the virtual career center, I had a double layer of challenges. First, I found the Weebly website I have been using for years was acquired by Square, Weebly is now better suited for eCommerce rather than for professional services and writing. As my business faced challenges in the current business climate, I decided to simplify and transition from Weebly.com to a new website platform. In the process of trying out Google Sites, I lost all the emails I had through Weebly. I found that Google is also better suited for eCommerce. So, I chose WordPress, and just needed to change my email address on multiply sites and transfer my websites. Just one layer of challenge.
Next came a complicated eye surgery on my strong eye. Being legally blind in my weak eye, this was quite a challenge. I found myself with blurry vision and lots of computer work that needed to be done. Over time, my eyesight will improve. Whew! A temporary challenge. Eventually I will manage my website and email transitions. Some layers of challenges seem very difficult and take time, but they are temporary. A crisis is a challenge that will eventually get resolved like my challenges and the pandemic we are currently experiencing. The economic consequences may be more long term than the immediate crisis, but we will find new ways of working, using our skills, and building relationships. The underlying fears and uncertainty take support and coping skills.
- Support for family and friends
- Stronger relationships and connections
- Resourcefulness and adaptability
- Coping skills we build and teach our children
Coping skills we build and teach our children make us stronger rather fearful during a crisis.
Feelings of uncertainty come in many forms. The truth is, we are never certain about the future, but we find reassurance when we feel like things will stay the same. When we expect and embrace change, then change itself won’t be the crisis. We will take time for relationships, growth, learning, and building support systems. Since I grew up with eyesight challenges, changing vision, and limited ability to drive, I understand change as a part of life. Even nature with it’s changing seasons shows us how growth, rest, and eliminating the unnecessary gives room for more growth.
Going through a stressful medical procedure during a pandemic just added another layer of challenge. I am very thankful for my medical team that supported me through a long eye surgery while wearing masks and shields. I said a prayer and used my coaching skills to confidently go through the surgery and gain patience during the blurry vision stage. With the smoke in northern California, it has been difficult to go outside. Just another layer of challenge. As we face our challenges, break them down into manageable pieces, and grow patience as some of the layers dissolve away, we can find support to get through our many layers of challenges.
You can join the Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club, to find support for your life and work challenges, contact Nancy, for a conversation about resources for your current needs, and visit the growing Always Employable Virtual Career Center, with its many resources.
Article by Nancy J. Miller, Career Counselor/Certified Life Coach at Creative LifeWork Design
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