2020 has definitely been a challenging year for everyone, but we’ve seen people rise up to create some great things as a result of the pandemic and the struggles it had produced. Shifting to accommodate the restrictions that many have had to endure and coming together to help each other to grow and thrive.
I thought this would be a great time to share some of the articles you may have missed in the hope that you will find the necessary inspiration to carry you throughout the rest of 2020 and into the New Year. Here are the top 10 articles of this year:
Recognition & Gratitude
1. One of the questions I am most often asked is “how do I recognize people I don’t like?” One great way is to recognize their progress and potential. You’ll learn more in the full article: How to Appreciate People You Don’t Like
2. Have you ever had an emotional hangover? You know what I mean. You are exhausted. You have a headache and might feel sick. You feel unmotivated and just want to lie on the couch and watch Netflix, hiding from the world until you recover. This blog post just might be your cure: How to Deal with Emotions at Work and Beyond
3. When COVID first hit us, did you wonder what you should be doing and how you could contribute? I really struggled for the first couple of weeks with “what can I do?” Are you curious about what I learned? Here are some tips that might help you: Finding Meaning and Contribution During COVID
4. There are thousands and thousands of healthcare workers working around the clock during COVID-19, as they do every day of the year, 24/7, 365 days of the year. They are the frontline and absolutely the best place to start with our gratitude. I share some ideas here: Who to Thank During the Coronavirus Outbreak? Healthcare Providers is a Great Place to Start
Positivity and Motivation
5. We’ve probably all had someone in our life, at some time, tell us that it’s okay to not be okay. It’s true though. It’s okay to struggle, try things and fail. Particularly during times of strain like now, we may find ourselves struggling with things we had on track six months ago – healthy habits, socializing, separating work and home – because nothing is normal! Learn how to turn that around: What You Focus on Grows (So Choose Wisely)
6. It’s time to figure out how to keep our optimism going strong…we’ve been in the thick of it for a while and I think could all use a glimpse of how to stay positive when times are tough. Here you’ll find more insight: How to Stay Optimistic (Even When There’s Every Reason Not to Be)
7. Now that we’re feeling a little more positive, it’s time to get our mojo back. What happens when you’re feeling less than motivated? Here are some suggestions that I use in my own life and share with my coaching clients when they find themselves unmotivated: 3 Hacks to Get Motivated in Uncertain Times
8. Recognition and motivation go hand in hand. That being said, I am frequently asked, “How can I sincerely, sustainably and supportively appreciate my team, especially when we’re all working virtually?” Here, you’ll find references to deeper dive resources that I believe will both inspire you and make you excited and hopeful of the power of recognition: 3 Ways to Recognize and Motivate in Uncertain Times
9. Who among us doesn’t have that one or two folks (or dozen) who seems to make it their mission to make us and everyone around us miserable? You’ve heard me say it before and I’ll say it again…a complaint is a poorly worded request. In this article, you’ll find a downloadable resource that I’m certain you’ll find helpful in figuring out what this person most wants: Strategies for Reducing Negativity in the Workplace
10. If there was EVER a time to give ourselves a break, I’d say 2020 where we’re working differently, more isolated, worried, and unsure of the future is as good a reason as any to cut ourselves and others some slack. Perfection trips us up all the time. We don’t want to make a mistake. However, it’s not reality, is it? Learn why imperfection can be perfect: Why it’s Perfect to be Imperfect
I hope that you’ll find some of these ideas and strategies useful to help ease some of the stressors you may have been feeling and enduring for the past several months or to motivate and recharge your team. I know that the pandemic has affected us all in different ways and if you’re needing anything at all, please feel free reach out to me. I find my greatest pleasure in helping others and serving in times of need!