The ups and downs of work and life are expected. You understand that there will be times where you can coast, and times where you will have to gird your loins. (I really don’t know what that means, but it might involve Spanx)
What has been an up for you? And what has been a down?
Perhaps the greatest lesson learned is that those downs have been temporary. Additionally, you can take inventory of something learned during those times. Change leads to growth and you most likely built up a skill during the cyclical changes you have endured.
Take a quick assessment of how you react in change:
- When things go well, do you call upon your stable strengths?
- Do you use calm times to try out new skills or stretching your present ones?
- When amidst change, do you use these same strengths?
- Do you overuse them to the point that they are likely now weaknesses?
For example, Jerry is an excellent planner and leader, but has trouble giving up the reins. He is working on more delegation and can definitely do it when things are going as expected. But when things get a little stressed, he reverts to taking control. A little more stressed, and he rolls over everyone. There goes that potential strength of delegation.
Use the variable situations that come with change to test out what you are doing well as a result of an innate strength and what you are doing as a result of the chaos around you.