From worry to wellness: the courage to reinvent yourself
Do you ever wonder how your life would be if you made different decisions?
How did you manage 2020?
What decisions did you make – to make it through?
Some of us are emerging stronger in various ways from our collective 2020 experience. Some people not as much. The pandemic crisis may have revealed existing cracks in America that were already strained:
- Large sections of society slipped from stability into crisis. Both women and minorities have been impacted more with some being pushed into poverty.¹
- It has caused the steepest job losses in lower wage occupations and the losses are most noticeable by education, age and women of color.³
- Many Americans discovered they were financially underprepared. Many more are considering a change and for some – that means considering changing jobs.³
There has been a widening economic gap in Middle America and a widening skills gap in corporate America. There are millions of people out of work in industries that were hit hard during the pandemic. And there are thousands of jobs that go unfilled across all levels because there are not enough people with the right skills to fill them. ²
And what about you?
How are you feeling about where you are in life right now?
Maybe it’s time to rethink a few things
What did this pandemic reveal to you? How are you coping? How are you doing financially? What changes could you make to future-proof yourself? What improvements could you make to find more balance emotionally and financially?
Maybe it’s time to reinvent yourself
Throughout our lives we reinvent ourselves continually. Either by choice or circumstance both personally and professionally. If you lost your job, what skills do you need to find a better one? If you are working but want to evolve within your current job, what skills are needed? What needs to change today to make a better tomorrow possible?
Where to start?
You may need to go a little deeper to find out. The ability to adapt consistently is what saves us. Rather than reacting to life, taking a calm and thoughtful approach to making any change is often best. While everyone’s circumstances are different, consider a deeper exploration₄ into what matters to you. Then, consider which direction you need to go and just like any goal, map a plan to get there.
- What do you really want? To do, to be and to live?
- What’s important to my emotional development as a person?₄
- What’s important to my economic goals?₄
- What’s important to my interpersonal relations and social/ethical perspective?₄
- What can I do without?
- How can I simplify my life?
- How can I reinvent my life in a way that brings about more peace?
It’s always a good idea to reflect on our lives to figure out what is working and what isn’t. Rethinking and reinventing doesn’t have to bring about huge change. What would change for you if you decided to make a different choice?
Would it be better?
Here are some resources to get you thinking. We hope you feel inspired to find the courage to move from worry to wellness.
- An article: Be sure to inquire about educational benefits from your employer: Covid-19 Upskilling: How to help future-proof careers during a pandemic 5
- Ideas to help you grow: from Harvard University: Managing through crisis: Managing your life 6
Come as you are, leave feeling better
¹Price Waterhouse Coopers, pwc.com, A remarkable thing could happen as we return to work; Bhushan Sethi and Deniz Caglar, January 18, 2021, https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/issues/reinventing-the-future/take-on-tomorrow/post-covid-workforce-transformation.html , last accessed March 18, 2021
²The Hill, thehill.com, Time to halt the growing ‘skills-gap’ leaving middle class jobs unfilled;, Peter Murphy, July 17, 2018, https://thehill.com/opinion/education/398163-time-to-halt-the-growing-skills-gap-leaving-middle-class-jobs-unfilled
last accessed March 18, 2021
³Pew Research, pewreseach.org
Unemployed Americans are feeling the emotional strain of job loss; most have considered changing occupation; Kim Parker, Ruth Igielnik and Rakesh Kochhar, February 10, 2021, https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/02/10/unemployed-americans-are-feeling-the-emotional-strain-of-job-loss-most-have-considered-changing-occupations/ , last accessed March 18, 2021
₄HR Daily Advisor, Reinventing yourself: who will you be post-Covid-19? Kimberlee Davis, June 4, 2020, https://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/2020/06/04/reinventing-yourself-who-will-you-be-post-covid-19/, last accessed March 18, 2021
“What’s important to my emotional development as a person?”
“What’s important to my economic goals?”
“What’s important to my interpersonal relations and social/ethical perspective?”
5Training Magazine, Covid-19 Upskilling: How to help future-proof careers during a pandemic, Adam Medros, September 7, 2020, https://trainingmag.com/covid-19-upskilling-how-to-help-future-proof-careers-during-a-pandemic/ , last accessed March 18, 2021
6Harvard Business School, hbs.edu; Managing through crisis: Managing your life, https://www.hbs.edu/coronavirus/managing-through-crisis/Pages/managing-your-life.aspx , last accessed March 18, 2021
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