Building Stability in Your Life in an Ever-Changing World
2018 has been a wild ride, and none of us expect things to slow down in 2019. The fact of the matter is, with a completely digital age, we’re always on call, and always on the move. The news cycle, like our lives, clips along at a record pace. It seems like by the time you’re caught up, everyone else has already moved on to the next thing.
In short, it's exhilarating to have this much information at our fingertips, but it's also exhausting. It seems like in our day and age it's getting nearly impossible to keep up—whether that's in our professional lives, or personal. Things change quickly, and it's hard to find your common footing—and that can make you feel like you're never on solid ground. We feel you; it really can feel that way. We wanted to put together some ideas of how you can build stability in your life in an ever-changing world because things don't look like they're going to slow down any time soon—and we all could use some grounding from time to time.
1. Turn Off the News Occasionally
Yes, knowledge is power, but look, the 24-hour news cycle is a very recent invention—one of our favorite anecdotes of all time is when the BBC reported on a particular day in 1930 “Good evening. Today is Good Friday. There is no news.” Could you ever picture that happening in 2018?!
In order to power that machine, the news has to be fresh, new, and yes, sometimes horrifying at all times. It can give you a skewed perception of reality that the sky is always falling, which sure—sometimes that is the case. But being at threat level midnight (shout out to all The Office fans out there) isn’t sustainable. It’s exhausting. So, do yourself a favor. Turn off alerts on your phone, chill out on the couch, and watch some TV (may we suggest The Office, no reason…) It will do wonders for your stress level, and help you disconnect from the constant stream of headlines designed to grab your attention and make you tune in.
2. Remember There’s a Person at the End of that Email Chain (or Text, or Social Media Thread)
One of the drawbacks of being entirely digital is that we're getting less face to face time with people. It causes us to disconnect from the reality that at the end of the device there is a person. So, if an email tone from your Advisor seems off, or your friend is acting funny over text, make an effort to see them face to face to communicate. You'd be amazed at how many minor issues can get blown way out of proportion because we choose to communicate via devices rather than in person or over the phone. Don't lose sight of the human connection when you're communicating. It will help you remember that at the end of the day, we're all just people. (Except for Jason Statham, who seems like with his sweet martial arts skills, he may be a robot, but we may be alone in that opinion.)
3. Stay Aware of Industry Trends
So, because things are always moving at a record pace, it’s very natural to feel afraid you’re going to get left behind. You can fight this feeling and feel more secure in your professional life if you pick a few key industry blogs, publications, or trusted people in the sector, and make a point to check in with them from time to time. Your Advisor can be a great source of knowledge to help you figure out who to follow if you need some tips. This will help you feel proactive in your approach to your career and professional direction, and let you know what’s coming down the pike in your chosen industry.
As that saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; and if you feel like you’re on top of what’s going on in your profession, you’ll be able to see any changes coming from a mile away and make improvements to your skillset or approach before it becomes a necessity.
Look, change is inevitable, but finding little ways to build pockets of stability while you navigate this ever-changing world can do you a world of good. It’s also important to accept that change is required as part of your personal and professional journey—no one ends up where they started. Being flexible in that path can lead to some great opportunities. (Just compare how far Chris Hemsworth’s hair has evolved, for the better, since he first started playing Thor. No one wants him to go back to Thor; everyone agrees Ragnarok is the better option, by far!)
We hope this was helpful and gave you some useful tip. Have any others you’d like to share? Post in the comments!