Navigating change in our rapidly changing and at times turbulent workplaces and communities is hard enough. When we have to support our teams and communities through change, it can take its toll on our mental health and well-being.
I believe how we think about our world greatly influences what we see and where we decide to focus our efforts. Here are two reflections that I hope will help with your own positive mental health and well-being and help clarify where you’d like to focus your efforts to be the change while you facilitate change.
#1: Radical acceptance: Align with what is and decide to show up fully.
- a climate emergency that has far reaching impacts in our own lives, community and world;
- deep political polarization impacting families, workplaces communities, and even social change movements; and
- a potential opportunity for addressing climate change effectively and for facilitating transformational change of all our systems and institutions that were built on excluding some for the benefits of a minority.
#2: All hands on deck and know your influence.
We all know top-down solutions to our most complex social problems are no longer viable. And bottom-up approaches tend to amplify voices, but rarely achieve lasting system change. In our rapidly changing and turbulent world, there is no one leader that will solve our problems; we need all hands on deck. At the same time, we are only one person and trying to solve everything can lead to burn out.
Knowing our sphere of influence and working together with others, I believe, is the best way to respond effectively and sustainably to the times we find ourselves in.
I invite you to consider, what is your sphere of influence and where can you put your efforts for the greatest impact? How can you help your team, your organization’s leadership, and your community identify their sphere of influence, their strengths and their potential impact by being part of an “all hands on deck” approach to meeting the challenges of our times?
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When we recognize we are the most important instrument for change and take the time to tend to ourselves in this way, we reconnect to our values, our mojo and our energy. From this place of belonging more fully to ourselves and the world around us, we walk our talk by being the change as we facilitate change.