We’ve all been through change. We’ve all faced uncertainty. Our election results are giving us a generous dose of both. Some might feel like we’re in the midst of a crisis.
There is a Chinese saying: “Whenever there is a crisis, there is always an opportunity.”
When a big change ignites fury in some, relief in others, and divisiveness all-around, we can easily lose ourselves in the chaos.
Let’s focus our attention on who we are and what we want. If we hold our context—beliefs, values, and purpose—we can remain calm and make the best of our circumstances.
We could hash out a long list of reasons not to be calm. Do we even want to be calm? Sometimes our emotions can get so overwhelming that being calm doesn’t seem appropriate. But how we think, how we feel, and the actions we take are crucial to our success, meaning, and happiness.
Here are some questions to consider:
- Do we think more clearly when we are calm or overwhelmed?
- Do we like feeling calm or stressed?
- Do we take better actions when we are calm or highly emotional?
Big changes (and crises) can squeeze the life right out of us if we let them. Staying true to ourselves can be like a superpower. Imagine the choices we make every day affect our well-being—and by extension—our ability to affect the world:
- Mind: Quieting the mind with meditation vs Stirring the mind with unproductive chatter
- Body: Consuming quality nutrition vs Binge eating junk food
- Spirit: Cultivating gratitude vs Absorbing negativity, anger, and fear
- Relationships: Developing high-quality relationships vs Staying in toxic relationships
These are just a few examples. How we take care of our mind, body, and spirit will determine your ability to take on these new circumstances.
It’s really easy to forget who we are and what we want. For example, we might be trolling on social media to feel like we’re making a difference or affecting perspectives. But chances are, it is a knee jerk reaction.
Taking inventory of what we actually spend time thinking about, talking about, and taking actions will tell us what we are actually committed to.
If there are huge discrepancies between what we say and what we do, we can make meaningful adjustments.
Until we are radically honest with ourselves, we can’t make concrete adjustments.
So dig deep.
Once we’ve taken care of our own shit, real meaningful action begins. Until then our thoughts have little impact.
We all have a sphere of influence—those we impact. By becoming our best selves, we inspire those in our sphere of influence to do the same.
This is the only way our society grows and changes for the better.
How do you deal with these major changes? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.