We often face trouble keeping ourselves going and moving forward with a positive outlook, during difficult times. Living in an environment which is filled with anxiety and stress due to the calamity we all are having to endure and trying to keep ourselves motivated and positive is not easy and sometimes requires a lot of effort from us.
The sudden change and in many cases overnight shift from working in an office environment to staying at and working from home, may have had a major impact on our lives. Especially in some countries where the trend of working from home had not even started, many of us have been facing challenges in adjusting to and accepting this new norm.
How is it that some people seem to be in control during tough and difficult circumstances, while other seem to be lost and without hope ? It is the inner ability to be tough, face up to difficult odds and with it possess the flexibility to adjust and adapt oneself that gives a person the strength to cope with hardship and stress. Dealing with change is an inevitable part of our lives and the changes or adversities we may be facing these days is a part of the cycle.
We are all going through tough times with rising cost of living, job insecurity and other stresses on our lives. All these factors put a strain on our health and also our personal relationships at home. However, just because you are facing problems in life and maybe feeling down and out does not mean that you become a cynic and adopt a pessimist attitude towards life.
Having a positive mindset gives us more confidence and also helps to improve our mood. The upside to this is that it helps us enjoy better health and prevents the likelihood of developing any stress related disorders. The physical and mental benefits of positive thinking have been proven in many scientific studies. Those people who are optimistic enough to see the glass as half-full are certainly happier than those who are taking a pessimistic view of the world and see the glass as half empty.
So, learning to think positively is definitely worthwhile.
The world is changing rapidly and new technology and automation is constantly altering job requirements. Due to these factors it is essential that employees stay in a learning mode and update their skills to meet current requirements. Many of us disregard the development of our important soft skills when the necessity for focusing on hard skills is more urgent. We need to realize that our ongoing career success depends on a balanced mixture of the two.
Having an adaptable mind is essential in today’s world to meet the ever changing challenges which present themselves. We all know that our skills of today may not be able to solve the problems of tomorrow. So, we need to constantly adapt our self, be ready to learn new skills and also be flexible in order to be successful in our jobs.
Appreciation is a process of showing admiration, gratitude as well as recognition of another person’s effort. We should realize its importance, as by doing so not only do we help others be more motivated and productive but we also become a better person our self.
We need to recognize that the practice of appreciation is a powerful art, and that it should be done in such a manner that it appears to be authentic and genuine. If it is not done so, the whole process of showing appreciation would become ineffective and useless.