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July 3, 2020
Biting The Bullet
Biting the Bullet!
September 28, 2020

I have fond (not so fond) memories – of driving for 10 hours every year – seated in the back seat of my parents ‘car – alongside my younger brother – to go and visit my Granny over Christmas time. We would ask my parents every ten minutes –

“Are we there yet?” We were met with a stream of unsatisfying answers until we sighted the sea and KNEW we WERE almost there.

This is exactly how I am feeling about the current COVID 19 situation. Each time I think we are starting to “see the light” and maybe, just maybe I can go and visit my elderly parents in Victoria or travel to clients interstate – we have a new outbreak and we land up trying to regroup and muster up the motivation to just simply keep going – with no clear time frame or outcome in sight.

I am going to be completely transparent with you and admit to you – that after responding to the COVID 19 crises, like a warrior going into battle – I am now battling with daily bouts of anxiety and chronic fatigue. Talking to my clients daily – I do not think I am alone.

I was recently reminded of a concept that I have found helpful and I hope you do too. The Harvard psychology professor – David McClelland suggests that – In times of uncertainty, everyone will still be motivated by these three things.

  1. The desire to ACHIEVE to do something meaningful and with purpose.
  2. The desire to BELONG – to have an affiliation with a group of people that accept them and like them.
  3. The desire to INFLUENCE and have some control. 

With this in mind, I thought it might be helpful to reflect on what we as individuals and as team leaders/managers can do to embrace these three key factors.

  1. What is a skill/project/ task that my team or I can work on that is challenging and will offer a sense of accomplishment once completed?
  2. How can I reach out to others -both professionally and personally to fulfil the need to belong and to remind me that I am not alone?
  3. What can I do to influence factors within my sphere of influence – rather than focusing on situations totally out of my control?

This – together with thanking God each morning for what I DO have, not what I am lacking and a morning ritual of yoga and meditation – is helping me get through each day and hopefully helping me help my clients get through each day too. And when we do finally get there – wherever there is – know that we took our family, friends, colleagues and clients with us, and did not leave anyone behind.

If you like what you see and you’re interested in discussing some Leadership training or coaching, please give me a call, or send me an email, to discuss how I can support you and or your team.

Call me on 0430 072 079

My promise rings true – I’m with you all the way!

Until next time

Be Bold. Be Curious.
Jacqui Perkins
Jacqui combines real-life experience with in-depth knowledge. Her unique way of delivery is direct and engaging, which cuts through any resistance and allows people to let down their guard and open up to learning. A compassionate coach, you will get complete commitment and support through your challenges and growth. Her tried and tested methods work.

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