How to become more creative, productive, and successful with resilience? In this Expert Insight Interview, Angie McDonald discusses being resilient as a busy professional. Angie McDonald is a Founder and CEO of IAM Consulting and Wounded2Wonderful Coaching, Board Certified Grief Support and Transitional Life Coach, empowerment strategist, published author, and keynote speaker.
The interview discusses:
- Meaning of being resilient
- Being stuck in the comfort zone
- Focusing on your purpose
- Being intentional in creating new dynamics
Even though many people think that resilience is the ability to “hang in there,’ resilience is much more. It is one’s authentic sense of innovation, learning, and pivoting in hard times. Metaphorically speaking, resilience is noticing the seasons. Seasons change, and so do our visual perspectives and moods. For instance, sometimes we feel exactly how the winter feels – cold, dry, and not enjoyable. The key is to notice that negative state and to work on figuring out what has caused it. Using time to do retrospection and self-discovery is the only way to learn and grow from an unfavorable situation.
The Comfort Zone
Sometimes, it is hard to recognize your own resilience and remember all the challenges you have overcame so far. People often get too comfortable with the “life is not fair” mindset, feeling sorry for themselves. And the reason why they go into that comfort zone is the fear of coming to another side which is acceptance, growing from your pain, and rediscovering yourself.
The best way to get moving from the mental place caused by grief and loss is to focus on your purpose. When you focus on your why, you enable the “how” part as resources, people, connections, and new opportunities, to come to you naturally. But again, that requires time alone with yourself to do retrospection and soul searching.
This pandemic has made us see how beautiful yet fragile life is. Thus, we have to enjoy our time. Due to circumstances, so many people have to spend more time at home with their families. And there is a chance to relearn how fulfilling life can be in the presence of others. Being with loved ones in a healthy and supportive environment can positively impact one’s focus and productivity.
Also, it is very beneficial to create new family dynamics and find ways to enjoy moments. For instance, small gestures of intimacy such as walking together or having a movie night, if done constantly and intentionally, become rituals. Being intentional in building new habits builds up a foundation for new paths and successes in life.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.