Transforming Dark & Scary Times into Opportunities
Today’s economic and political events have made people anxious and fearful about their futures. To help power up your sense of direction, confidence and capability in all areas of your personal and business life check out these 3 strategies for transforming the negativity and unpredictability of these dark & scary times into opportunities for growth, progress and transformation. I hope this insight on how to not only survive these times but to thrive in them when events seem to be beyond your control, will support your creative thinking, communications and actions.
3 Strategies to Transform Dark & Scary Times into Opportunity.
1. Forget About Yourself; Focus on Others.
If COVID hasn’t done it already, then uncertainty… certainly can terrify even the most positive people to retract into themselves in horror 😱 , making them feel alone, isolated, helpless, but worst of all WORRY!... Worry causes resistance not only to the changes ahead but also the perceived bad things that will most likely never happen. When you resist change you put up a wall and block or miss out on the potential for good things to come your way. Worry is simply our mind focusing on False, Expectations, that Appear Real. Worry is just another form of FEAR.
Recognizing this is a step in the right direction. Instead of spiraling down into an abyss of thoughts that are filled with the worry of doom and gloom about losing your stuff… a good strategy would be to reach out and touch someone! 🧟♀️ Focus on deepening all your relationships at home and at work… with family, friends, team members, suppliers, clients, customers and prospects. Expand your connection with others by focusing your attention on helping them in some small way to transform their fears into positive thinking.
When people are scared they want solutions to help them eliminate threats, capture opportunities, reinforce their strengths…but most of all people want to feel valued and receive value.
The more you contribute to helping others they feel valued, and that goes a long way! When you take the time to strengthen a relationship, make a person feel valued, they feel good and so will you! The better you feel, the less you will feel the need to worry about your own situation. When you reach out and help others you gain confidence in your self and the world around you. That confidence you exude lifts others out of their own worries and uncertainty for their future. People recognize when you are kind and caring and going the extra mile. When you strengthen your relationships with others it opens the door to the power of possibilities! You strengthen and increase the value of everything around you. You become a source of confidence and certainty with everyone you connect with. 🎃
2. Forget About Your Losses; Focus on Your Opportunities.
The only thing in life that is truly certain is that nothing stays the same. The world at large is ever evolving and so are we. Change is inevitable, things & people come and go, there are wins and there are losses. When things change for the worse, many desirable resources become unavailable or go missing—including information, knowledge, tools, systems, personnel and capabilities. When this happens we tell ourselves stories and spin a spell of lies! 🧙♀️ This lack of resources can paralyze people, they feel overwhelmed resulting in an inability to make decisions and take action. Some people just don’t know how to move forward during a crisis of any kind. They keep trying to replay their old games, power plays they had with others and keep a continuous loop going that gets no where. They react by focusing on whats missing, instead of what’s available. They focus too much on the difficulties and challenges and try fixing them with old worn out ideas or by holding onto the paradigm of “Never Give Up” instead of making a fresh start.
A better strategy is to start playing an entirely new game—take a step back and respond by re-accessing your current situation. Let go of the losses and keep whats working and what’s immediately available. Move forward by taking small bite size chunks into what needs to be done to avoid the overwhelm of not knowing what to do. When you consistently chunk things into small steps on a daily basis you enable yourself to continually progress forward effortlessly, instead of feeling defeated by new emerging difficulties. You begin to become more confident, capable and efficient.
When you change your game ( how you respond and relate to things out of your control) You start working with the universe by allowing the room for new ideas, new energies, new tools and new resources to come to you. As the world changes, and you let go of what you can’t control, new opportunities suddenly appear and become available so you can achieve far more than you ever did in the past or thought possible.
3. Forget About Who You Were; Focus on Who You Can Be Now.
Who you used to be is DEAD ☠️ … gone, expired, non-existent! Many people define themselves by external circumstances, by what they have and what they do. When their life abruptly or unexpectedly changes, they lose that sense of themselves, they don’t know who they are, so they keep trying to be who they used to be. 🧟♂️ They wallow in their memories literally regurgitating their past life 🤮, unsuccessfully bringing it into their present and future. Only to feel less satisfied, unfulfilled and they don’t know or understand why.
From now on, the ultimate strategy is to take your cues from the inside—from your intuition, authentic self, and inner voice! Steadfastly pursue your dreams, maintain your ideals, clarify your values, develop and refine your principles. This can be tricky though, because if you are stuck in your past and worried about your future…then you are like a ghost 👻 haunting your mind in the fiery halls of hell! 🔥🔥👹🔥🔥
Instead, remembering that the past is dead 💀 and the future doesn’t exist 🔮…at least not yet, will keep you in the present moment!
The upside of this is, if you stay in the present moment your dreams, values, ideals, and principles need never change, regardless of the circumstances. If you take advantage of external confusion to become self-directed, self-managed and self-motivated you begin to become the master and creator of your life!
So when dealing with scary times, everyone has to make a fundamental decision to either complain or to be grateful…complaining sucks the life out you and those who have to listen to it. 🧛♂️ It only attracts negative thoughts and people. Gratitude, on the other hand, creates the opportunity for the best thinking, actions and results to emerge. Focus on everything that you are grateful for, communicate this and open yourself each day to the best possible opportunities.
The most consistently successful people in the world know they can’t control people or events—but continually work toward developing their character by having greater control over their creative responses to events and relating to people. Dealing with scary times is an excellent time when things are uncertain to focus all of your attention and energy on imaginatively responding and relating to all of the unpredictable events that lie ahead.
PS: Did you know that “the best way to predict your future is to create it”? check out the full article here.
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Written By Shelley Devine