Feeling like the World as You Know It Is Ending?
It can be understandable with all the changes happening in the world that we feel a bit lost at times. It’s fine to be honest about the emotions you are experiencing at the moment.
There will be feelings of loss, fear, indulgence, happiness, anger, frustration and guilt, to name a few. They will most likely become apparent at unexpected times. It is important to recognise these in a way that will help you build your self-awareness. How you respond to these emotions will determine how much they control you, instead of the other way around! Instead of being a product of your emotions, you can rather become the creator and master of them.
Allowing Yourself Space
A lot of what people are doing and saying at the moment is based on being reactive. Reacting to the news, to politicians, to friends, to jokes and to panic. There are many points of stimulus at any point in the day. Are you allowing yourself some time and space in order to process and understand what is truly affecting you and your loved ones? To pause, to reflect.
When you allow space between hearing, seeing or experiencing something and responding to it, you give yourself time to process the information using your unique perspective.
Focus On What You Can Control
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
Every person’s circumstances are different, which is why their responses and actions should be too. Reacting to external stimuli is a choice. We all have the freedom to choose our response when we are presented with a situation where it is our responsibility to decide on a path.
We don’t all make good decisions in these moments. But learning how to shift that response is where we learn how to move from being reactive (and a slave to your circumstances and external influence) to proactive (in control).
Starting the Journey to Achieving Proactive Progress
“Proactive people can carry their own weather with them. Whether it rains or shines makes no difference to them. They are value-driven; and if their value is to produce good quality work, it isn’t a function of whether the weather is conducive to it or not.”
― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Becoming proactive is not something that can be achieved overnight! It’s a process. A life-long discovery and journey of learning about yourself and choosing to create your own ‘weather’, instead of being subject to any fair-weather or storm that comes along. Now that is something worth putting your energy into, isn’t it?