Are you noticing the R word popping out more frequently these days?
[R for recession].
That moment in our collective experience when our economies re-start the process of filtering and shrinking.
Contraction is rarely a pleasant thought: from the heartbreaking images of the Great Depression to 2008, the brain is making it personal, remembering the losses, and preparing for the next shoe to drop.
C’est la vie? Clearly, a part of our fate is dictated by external circumstances.
BUT! – there is plenty that we can still do!
[and before you go any further, make sure you downloaded your recession-proof scorecard here, then follow along for a deeper dive into those 4 pillars].
Pillar 1: your career
I will start with what we think is the most outside of our control when the economy goes south: the job.
Being laid off is a traumatic event. The constant headlines about it don’t help.
So what can you do?
First thing is to take a different perspective as to how you see yourself as a professional: not as an employee at the mercy of an industry’s ups and downs, but as an entrepreneur would their business.
- What does your career business plan look like?
- How do you see yourself evolving in the next few years?
- What do you need to learn, unlearn, and optimize to bridge any gaps?
Think outside the box like an entrepreneur needs to: who are your clients, what are your products, what is the current demand for those?
Do a SWOT analysis of your current situation. The more you are proactive and gather insight about your business’s (career + job) current position, the less likely you are to be caught by surprise.
Pillar 2: Money
Of course! Money is at the root of so much stress, insanity, and crazy behaviors.
But really, does it deserve such a bad rap?
Recession or not, we should make it a priority to mend our relationship with money, thus allowing our nervous system to make decisions from logic and emotional detachment. Not being in denial or overly clinging to money either. Stuffing your dollars under a mattress is not exactly a sound investment strategy.
If you are feeling jittery when you hear the word ‘money’ and know you are giving it too much fear, contact me here, I have a workshop (for a small fee) that can help you get more insight.
Now with this out of the way, time to examine your current finances, then do what logic requires. Start building your emergency fund if not yet, speak with a financial planner about your financial goals…
The more control you have over your finances, the better you will feel about moving into the next 2 pillars.
Pillar 3: your relationships
Because once you know that you are doing what you can to ensure your minimum needs are met (i.e. your money reserves), the more involved you can be in looking into the other, less transactional areas that are equally important.
We, humans, are relational beings. We like tribes and communities. Prolonged isolation has never done much good to our mental health (even for those with a strong hermit archetype).
Relationships are not only confined to your immediate family/partner/friends. Your colleagues at work, your professional network, your community, can also be part of your support system.
Wouldn’t the workplace be a much better place if each of us saw our colleagues as more than a ‘means to a work end’?
The more we see the soul and the human in them, the more intentional we can be in our mutual dealings. This can also mean entering into a flow of helping and being helped, not feeling isolated or needing to do it all on your own.
What does your relationships with your colleagues look like? Now not everyone has your best interests at heart. Still, there are a few people who actually care more about having healthy collaborations than mere survival of the fittest type of relationship. Could those be your peeps?
Pillar 4: your personal growth
So! We talked about reinforcing the worldly foundations that keep you safe and protected; then, finding a way to be in the space of mutual helping (with boundaries of course) rather than exhausting yourself trying to keep us with the fierce and sometimes harmful competitive way of life.
What could be the missing piece in that puzzle?
Because you are more than what you do, what your bank account looks like, and who you choose to surround yourself with. Once you have decided what place to give those elements, then you can look into your own why, what, who, where and when: your identity.
If you believe that your ‘right to exist’, to be loved, to be respected is linked to what you do; if you define your success entirely from your title or promotion, then not only you are making yourself more vulnerable to a potential loss or setback in those areas, you are also missing out on an important piece. The opportunity to see life through the lens of your purpose and your mission.
- What are you here to do?
- What are the gifts you bring to the world?
- How are they part of your worldly mission?
- What makes you unique?
Bringing more peace of mind to your daily tasks can mean not obsessing about a work/ relationship outcome (because as you know, what we fixate on has this strange tendency to move further away)- but focusing on what you want out of it, for your personal growth, your learnings, new connections etc.
You can then start shifting your perception of what is happening (or has happened) to understand its gifts for you; where you know that challenges can be a teacher that shows you where your growth could be. Obstacles, a roadmap to new experiences and skills. Mishaps, a redirection and an opportunity to do better…