In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.. Albert Einstein

How will we create opportunities that enable us to take the next step to grow our businesses develop our staff and love the work we do?

As the severity of the Pandemic winds down many companies are rethinking what they will do. Some think they can go back to what was. They want those that had been working remotely to return to the physical offices.  They should be looking at what was right about being in an office and what was wrong and how can we create a new model that will be even better.

Thanks to Steve Zuback’s  newsletter I learned some ideas to help in the face of uncertainty., which can be an exciting opportunity to grow . This is adapted from “How to Overcome Your Fear of the Unknown,” by Nathan Furr and Susannah Harmon Furr

1. ∙Re frame. Every situation has upsides and downsides. When faced with uncertainty, focus on the former, rather than the latter.

2. ∙Prime yourself. There are many types of risks: financial, intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and so on. Identify which ones you have a natural aversion to or affinity with. This will help you approach uncertain situations with more self-awareness and confidence.

3.. Take small steps. If you’re unsure how a situation or idea will play out, starting modestly can be more effective and less anxiety-provoking than trying to do everything at once.

4..∙Prepare yourself for setbacks. It’s frustrating when something doesn’t turn out the way you’d hoped or intended. Allow yourself to feel disappointed and frustrated, then ask yourself, “What insights can I take away from this?” You’ll be able to learn from the setback and adopt a new approach.

This my favorite time of year. It’s time to move forward with new hope and ideas.  During this 10 day holy period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur we return to our authentic selves, to our relationships with family, community,  and to the values and ideals that we strive to uphold.  They provide us an opportunity to stop, look inward, and consider that which is most essential in our lives. These holidays come to teach us about the importance of stopping, taking stock of our lives, and spending quality time with friends and family.

I encourage you to reflect what has and hasn’t worked; remember why you love what you do, share ideas with others, and create the best path to achieve your goals. Remember just because it worked before doesn’t mean it should be continued there may be a better way