New Beginnings Volume 2 of 2023

I thought a great place to start is with the name of my blog: New Beginnings. My company is JANUS Resources. JANUS is the Roman god of new beginnings. He is known as the Gatekeeper. His followers prayed to him at the time of all new beginnings and transitions. He is often depicted as a double-faced, opposite-facing image: one face is pointing to the past: the other, the future. In knowing where you are coming from and where you are going, he was able to safely guide you through the gate (the present). This is the power of coaching. It is a very effective form of learning and transformation because it is very personal. While it is based on a set of rules, parameters and strategies, it becomes personal coaching when it is applied specifically to your circumstances, allowing your past and your vision to guide you in your actions today.

Thriving in Chaos

We are certainly living in a world of chaos: recovering from the isolation of Covid, dealing with inflation and its impact on our businesses and personal lives, and changes in the economic environment. There is one thing to remember that has been proven over and over. This is not a time to give up. This is the time to stay the course, pivot where you can, and stay in the game so that you are the further along on the field as we recover. In doing it well, you may find that you actually do less instead of more. The key is to stay engaged, even though you may choose to downsize, streamline your business and efforts, even temporarily pause operation. Remember, you have to survive before you can thrive. So be sure that you stay engaged, disciplined, committed to your vision for yourself and your business

Self Care

Self-care is an important ingredient in Thriving in Chaos. I’m a firm believer in self-care. In fact, I call it compassionate self-care. It’s pretty much the same as your taking care of yourself the same way you would take care of your most precious family and friends. Do for yourself the very things you would suggest that they do for themselves. When things are uncertain, topsy turvy, you can only do what you can do. Taking care of yourself makes it easier to do. And one ingredient to add is to spend a little more time developing strategies to move through chaos with less loss, fewer obstacles, less uncertainty. Remember, you have to survive before you can thrive.

Resilience & Flexibility

These are two very important traits and skill sets to help you Thrive in Chaos. Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from difficulties; flexibility, the ability to change. Resiliency involves staying the course, getting back up when you are knocked down, pulling yourself up by the bootstraps. Remember times when you have done that before. Do it again, now. Flexibility involves a willingness and readiness to change. This can be very difficult for some people. It is one of the important strategies for Thriving in Chaos. Conditions that accompany chaos may keep you from doing the same things that got good results before. Being ready and willing to change in the face of new circumstances will help you move through chaos. You have to be at the point of ready and willing before you can get to the next stage: choosing your next step and executing it!

Now for the Stuff of Life

Oh, my gosh! It’s May. We are in the 5th month of the year. Let’s celebrate! Spring! Flowers! Sunshine and rain! You get to swim and water ski, go boating, have lots of picnics, play more golf, tennis, volley ball. Go to the beach. What can you celebrate?

This time of year there are flower shows and bird shows and the KENTUCKY DERBY! I love those two minutes and every thing that leads up to it. Be sure to be somewhere celebrating the Derby so you can don that beautiful hat, Ladies. And, Gentlemen, put on that linen or sear sucker suit or a jockey’s uniform. Who will you be at the Derby party! We always go out to a local restaurant or bar scene to watch the Derby! Then, of course, there’s the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes! May is definitely a reason to celebrate. Ils sont partis!

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