Since the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been massive job losses and business shutdowns due to reduced sales revenue. This has led to increased mental health problems for those affected. Parents and their children are also bearing the brunt of the economic downturn. The disrupted academic calendar plus high job losses have increased stress within families.
Students are also finding it hard to catch up with their changing schedules and the pressures and demands of a new academic and professional landscape. Considering COVID-19’s long-term ripple effects, you must develop survival strategies. You need an effective method to improve your academic performance, increase earnings, and attain fulfilling career progression. Andrew C. Shurtleff, Ed.D. unveils four reasons why you must adapt quickly to maximize the learning opportunities of crisis.
- Adapting to Crisis Builds Your Stamina And Resilience
Running an unprofitable business is one of the worst crises you can face. It is draining to try to keep it afloat and foot your bills. However, only focusing on the negative side of the crisis will often cause more harm than good, where negative thinking can bring significant psychological and emotional stress. It can also limit your creativity and ability to solve your problems.
Accepting that the condition is happening is the first step toward your recovery. This will open your mind to the simplest strategies and actions within your immediate reach for solving the problems. You can then make the most of the crisis by learning from your losses and seeking to understand how you got there in the first place, what went wrong, and what can be learned from the experience to help you move forward.
From an organizational standpoint, you can adapt to crisis by downsizing and leveraging challenges as opportunities for growth. For example, you can reduce your number of employees by merging tasks done by your staff. This can lower your wage bills and decrease your overhead expenses. You could also expand your client base through effective marketing strategies that identify and solve practical problems. Andrew C. Shurtleff will mentor you on effective organizational methods that will give you an edge over your rivals. He will equip you with the strategic communication skills and behavioral orientations that help you build the stamina necessary for a “can do” solutions-focused attitude.
- Adapting Quick Can Minimize Your Stress
Did you know that how you respond to a crisis reflects your basic sympathetic response orientation and directly influences your mental wellness? How quickly do you recalibrate yourself emotionally and mentally as you adapt to challenging situations? Crises are inevitable in life, so the more aware you are of your basic response (i.e., whether you tend to fight, freeze, or flee), the better prepared you will be to self-monitor and execute a step-by-step protocol that works through the issues at hand.
Even when expecting or experiencing the worst, you must identify the golden learning opportunities in every situation and remain positive. It would help if you reminded yourself that challenges don’t last forever and always keep moving forward. Being positive amidst challenges will give you greater peace of mind. As Winston Churchill said: “if you’re going through hell, keep going.”
- Crises Help You Reassess Your Unmet Targets
Have you stagnated in the same position for decades? It is time to move to the next level. You could be asking yourself how that is possible. You, however, must first understand the cause of your stagnation, what behaviors and circumstances led you there, and what options exist for pivoting toward better outcomes.
As an executive mentor and life coach who helps progress peoples’ careers, Andrew C. Shurtleff will help you assess the reasons behind your career stagnation and “adjust your sails” so that you move in the direction of achieving your goals. For example, you could have stagnated in the same rank due to a very small, and possibly unidentified, variance in your performance achievement. He will help you discover the contributing factors to your stagnation and develop the proper strategies for the timely attainment of your goals. This will help you develop yourself and achieve greater career fulfillment and success.
- Healthy Adaptation Boosts Self-Esteem
If left unchecked, health crises can easily lower your self-esteem. For example, if you are obese, you may develop a negative attitude toward your body shape and experience low levels of self-worth. Perceiving yourself negatively may lower your productivity at work or lead to poor grades in school, which can be mitigated by identifying, addressing, and resolving the factors contributing to these difficult circumstances.
Accepting yourself in your current state, while working diligently to improve yourself, can boost your sense of positive self-regard and improve your social, emotional, and cognitive functioning. Whether mental, emotional, or physical, Andrew C. Shurtleff will help you lose excess “weight” through wellness coaching. He equips you with the customized strategies you need to develop a healthy lifestyle that moves you toward the attainment of your goals.
Connect with Andrew C. Shurtleff to learn whether and how you can quickly adapt to crises by maximizing learning and minimizing loss. If you want to learn more about Andrew’s work, please visit his website and follow him on LinkedIn.
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