Last weekend Storm Ciara certainly made her presence known across the UK. One day as I was curled up safely at my desk, outside went from rain, to hail, to rain, to calm, to storm, to snow, to rain, to blue skies and back again. All in the space of a few hours!
While watching everything Ciara could throw at us, it made me think of what it’s like in the world I work in, as a H&S consultant or running a business and working for yourself. While things might not come at you with the speed of a storm, no two days are the same. I genuinely never know what is coming next. What I do know though are there are some skills I hold onto that make each day easier.
We all need different skills, skills that generally fit into three categories.
All of this can be a minefield, it can be difficult and it can be a challenge. Or you can change how you view each situation and take each challenge as being an opportunity. This is how I have changed my perspective and honestly, I haven’t looked back since.
One of the most important things I have done over the last few years is learn and understand my values. Along with learning and understanding all about my personality and the way I interact with other personality types. Both of these are so important.
I used to wonder why some events and occurrences rattled me while other challenges passed me by. I also could never understand why I had the same experience with some individuals I would meet. The more I learn, the more I understand different perspectives. This is a skill or desire not everyone has.
Understanding me and what makes me tick is making the greatest difference to my world. While I am not able to change the behaviours of some people around me, I can change me.
If people want to withhold money, terminate contracts, isolate me, bully me – whatever. This is their choice. How I react, respond and move forward is mine.
Just like Ciara, the weather continually changes and so do I – making the most of every opportunity, getting people home safely and making a difference every single day.
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