This week I want to talk about a crisis mindset. In each crisis there lies an amazing opportunity. There’s a saying, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Charles Duhigg was so enamored with the idea of crisis as a catapult he devoted an entire section of his classic book “The Power of Habit” to the subject. It’s a powerful mindset shift to see things this way.
I know for me it’s tough because I see the painful side of crisis, which is uncertainty. With uncertainty comes emotions we like to shy away from such as anger, confusion, and disappointment. These are all connected to stress. Stress surely, surely is painful and if managed improperly or not at all can lead to scary issues we may never overcome.
There is hope. Take uncertainty and deal with it in the way you should, with grace, aplomb, and a focus on a problem. That’s right, I said focus on a problem. We carry our problems around with us, even when we laugh, feel happiness, or love. They lurk under the surface, living in the status quo. Change doesn’t happen there, though. Change happens when we’re open to it. Nothing makes us open to change and to new ideas more than impending doom. That’s why a crisis can be a wasted opportunity if we’re not looking at it in the right way.
When crisis hits, our backs are against the wall, we have a chance to change. I know I have changed for the better after many of the crises I’ve faced. Whether it’s the loss of a job, the loss of a friend, or the loss of an identity, loss, as I mentioned last week, can tank us or make us. I want my losses to serve me. At least the pain will mean something.
To be heard, to truly be heard, we must find the power to run into the storm and not away from it. Why run into a storm? You’re looking for lessons.
Here’s a quick tip for you: Every night I write in my journal. One of the many things I include in the entry is a section called Lessons Learned. Sometimes it’s one thing. Sometimes it’s several. As I go through this time of loss, there’s nothing like looking back and seeing the lessons from the past based on what I’ve experienced. I suggest you give this a try. Do the deep work, and watch your spirit soar, and watch how you can find new ways to truly be heard because you’ll truly have something powerful to say.
This week’s music was provided by The Passion Hi Fi. The name of the track is “Spanish Winter.” You can find out more about the Passion Hi Fi on Sound Cloud