2020 has had an eventful start, with never-ending news of distressing developments all around the world. I recently had a call with my friends from Hong Kong who raised an important question: in these challenging times, how does one start from scratch, maintain focus and hope, and stay on track?
My friends are definitely not alone in looking for the answer to this question. More and more people nowadays are trying to find the right response to deal with unexpected and difficult situations. After all, change is the only constant in our lives. But accepting and managing change can be daunting, especially if we feel that we have to face challenges alone. What can we do to find focus and stay on track to achieve our goals?
Many studies have been done on this subject, but I would like to highlight 5 of the most practical and easy tips, which all of us can apply in daily life:
- 1. Plan
Put on paper different possible scenarios and options which can be useful and helpful for your goals. Try to make it detailed, as it will then be easier to track your subsequent achievements. Key elements of an action plan include: how to start, what kind of resources and support you need, and a clear and realistic timeframe. Setting a timeframe is an important way to hold yourself accountable to your plan, and can also help to boost your motivation. Once you have your plan, share it with a friend or partner you trust – this is a great way to get constructive feedback.
- 2. Get started
A plan is nothing without action, so get started. And there’s no better time to get started on your new challenge than now. Take it as a journey. Little by little, day by day, you will get closer to achieving your goals. Remember to check your plans as you go along; be agile and make tweaks or improvements as needed.
- 3. Celebrate small wins
Many of us are acutely critical of our own flaws, but a healthy sense of self-awareness includes self-recognition of our successes, however small they may seem. Little achievements will add up to something larger, and when you look back what you have achieved, don’t be afraid to say, “I am good at …” and take pride in your progress.
- 4. Don’t face your challenges alone
It always helps to find someone that you can confide in and count on, who shares similar values and can understand your viewpoints. Talk, share, ask for support. An external confidant is a useful source of fresh perspective, who can balance out your cognitive biases and blind-spots. The partner can also help keep you motivated, accountable, and on track to achieving your goals. Which brings me to my final tip…
- 5. Talk to a professional coach
Bill Gates once said that everyone needs a coach. Whether you’re a CEO or just starting out in your career, coaches can provide help and support through personal and professional challenges and transformations. We all know that sports coaches are crucial in helping athletes improve and win competitions – in the same way, a coach can provide you with the support and strategies you need to grow and “win” in your life and career. Talk to us, we are here to help.
And no matter what situation you are facing, never forget – Life is good