Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.
Some of the most valuable lessons I have learned have been during periods of transition, or crisis. Whatever the situation, learning to remain calm in any situation is a must in business and life.
No matter who you are, your income level or your level of responsibility, life is messy. Problems happen. Plans fall to pieces. Businesses collapse. People fall down on the job. Partners, customers, and colleagues let you down.
Sometimes, the path seems so frought with risk or mired with obstacles we feel physically ill. I know I’m not alone in having had a reaction so strong that I feel like I’m on a boat — during a tsunami — and the floor is rocking beneath my feet and waves are about to crash down on top of me.
Look, it happens. And to the best of us. Henry Fonda famously said he vomited behind stage before every performance his entire career. The sooner we learn to figure out how to find our own personal state of calm will ensure you better manage in a crisis.
When we are in a state of panic, we cannot make clear choices. Instead we get paralyzed or can engage in rash decisions or outbursts. Dr. Peter Borten, co-author of The Well Life, gives this great advice:
“Next time a potentially stressful situation arises, try taking a step back in your mind, and tell yourself, ‘It’s not worth getting stressed. I choose to conserve my energy and to find the path of least resistance to managing this.'”
The choice of how we react to uncertainty or challenges is always available to us. Always. Resolve to take the day as it comes, and respond with poise, grace and tenacity no matter what comes your way.
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