Becoming a Better and Stronger Accountant in 2018by
As 2018 approaches, let us consider how to be even better in the new year. One of the widely observed traits that successful professionals possess is resilience, which entails adapting behaviors to meet challenges. Resilience is more, however, than simply enduring and overcoming an ordeal — it means having the ability to come back even stronger than before.
Completing big projects at work or overcoming a long-term personal struggle requires resilience demonstrated through patience, alertness and steadfastness. These behaviors set the stage for adaptation and action.
Fundamental to Flourishing
Is resilience fundamental to dealing with upheaval in our professional or personal lives? Yes, those who have resilience flourish!
What do such people do? Resilient people establish a balance. They believe they'll succeed, and they learn to sharpen their focus on the task at hand, stay loose, and roll with the punches. They maintain order and self-awareness, even if primarily to avoid becoming overwhelmed and confused.
While resilient individuals are as vulnerable to the anxieties of change as anyone else, they're able to read others, regain balance quickly, stay physically and emotionally healthy, and remain productive when confronted by unsettling or gloomy situations.
If you find your life running in a repetitive manner, take a break and try something new or out of the ordinary. In one of his monthly "power talks," author and motivational speaker Tony Robbins years back once explained why it's important for you to constantly get new references in your life.
Robbins noted how people can easily fall into the same routines, travel to work the same way, and believe that the world is exactly the way they see it. He suggested getting what he calls "new references" in your life.
The new references come from engaging in activities such as going to:
- The morgue
- A hospital baby ward
- A fire station
- A fish market by a dock
- A municipal court
- A power plant
- A day care center
- A church revival meeting
- The city jail
- A senior's home
- A circus
- A crack house
- A dairy farm
- The backstage at a play
- A battered spouse shelter
- A soup kitchen
These references give you a different perspective on the world, and ultimately on your own life. All of them represent small steps — I'm not asking you to take a week away from your job, or go hiking in the Himalayas.
What new references will you incorporate in the next week, month, or six months?
The value of periodically abandoning the rat race, or your personal rat race, is that it gives you the opportunity to recharge yourself.
Jeff Davidson, a.k.a. “The Work-life Balance Expert”®, speaks to accounting firms and associations on increasing their work-life balance so they can be more productive and competitive, and still have a life away from work. He is the author of Everyday Project Management, Breathing Space, and Simpler Living. Visit breathingspace.com.