“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” ~Joseph Campbell
Career Coaching 3-Part Series (Part 3): Bouncing Back From Major Life Changes
This is the final blog in the Bouncing Back from Major Life Changes series so I wanted to leave you with one powerful last thought and some ideas for building your resiliency.
You see, the thing about these difficult times is that there is also the potential to transform your greatest life challenge into your greatest life opportunity. That is, if we do one simple thing … self-reflect to develop insight. Here are some suggestions for self-reflecting to develop insight:
Life’s experiences provide fertile ground for learning. Asking yourself questions that invite introspection can open a door to new understanding and appreciation of who you are and what you stand for. Giving voice to your thoughts and feelings leads to insight and helps transform the meaning of a problem into something useful. Resilient people learn from life situations and do not succumb to punishing themselves because of decisions made in the past.
I love what Karen Salmansohn says in The Bounceback Book: “View your life with KINDSIGHT. Stop beating yourself up about things from your past. Instead of slapping your forehead and asking, “What was I thinking,” breathe and ask yourself the kinder question, “What was I learning?”
Challenging times are an opportunity to find out more about who you are, what you stand for, and what you want to create in you life. If we have “kindsight,” challenges seem to arrive when we are ready to grow and learn. Taking the time to understand yourself better helps you to cultivate your truest desires. It is never too late to find out what your version of happiness looks like and to become wildly fulfilled in your life.
Surround yourself with inspiring people and read for inspiration. Neuroscientist Dan Segal shares in Mindsight that when we have hope our brain is able to search for new possibilities even in the face of discouragement.
What do you think? Are you willing to take the time to learn from your challenges and turn them into your greatest opportunities? Can you think of a time in your past where something challenging launched you into something totally gratifying? Please share with us what those times were. We would love to hear about it!!
And as always if you can’t seem to make these necessary changes on your own or you just need some support on your journey, book your free introductory coaching session here.
Wishing you abundant opportunities, greatness and fulfillment!
Dr. Lynn K Jones
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Dr. Lynn K. Jones is a Board Certified Coach and an Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach based in Santa Barbara, California and a sought after coach and consultant for organizations and individuals across the US. Her doctoral work completed at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University concerned organizational culture; she coaches, consults and trains organizations on what they need to do to create organizational cultures that are aligned with their vision and values using a process of Appreciative Inquiry. She coaches individuals on achieving their reflected best selves. A MSW@USC faculty member, Dr. Lynn K. Jones, MSW, DSW, CSWM, teaches Human Behavior and Social Environment and Leadership to social work students at the University of Southern California.