Navigating Difficult Times

 

Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question.

“What is the key to navigating difficult times?”

The primary key to navigating difficult times is to treat it as temporary and a phase. I look at difficult times like a thunderstorm. Sometimes the thunderstorm is severe. Sometimes it’s thunderstorm is mild, but it’s always a thunderstorm so we always have the opportunity to navigate through it.

What happens to a lot of people is they get in difficult times, they bemoan the difficult time, they get in a cycle about the difficult times, they work around the difficult time and they just go around and around and around. If it lasts longer than a certain period of time that seems rational or reasonable for a time like that, so if it’s a really difficult time, like you lost your job, or you went through a divorce, it’s going to take a minute to get over it, it’s going to take some time.

First thing you want to do is acknowledge that difficult times are real and that everybody has them. All of us are going into a difficult time and a difficult time are coming out of one. Second thing you want to do is understand that they’re largely temporary most of the time. The third thing is if they turn into something chronic, in other words, they last longer than seems reasonable, you probably want to get some help, some counsel or some coaching. I hope that’s helpful.

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