Living through a global pandemic brought a wave of uncertainty and depression to sweep over every nation. Even the most optimistic individuals have faced weariness these past few months.
Trying to work in a "business as usual" mindset in the midst of this crisis is sure to cause a lot of confusion, but it's also not effective to let undesirable circumstances overwhelm you. Visualizing hard times as a temporary valley instead can help you look ahead to the peaks on the horizon.
This might be easier said than done, which is why we interviewed LaKeisha McClendon, chief learning officer the FDA in the U.S. She shared how she's navigating all the uncertainty we are currently facing.
Here are the top 11 tips LaKeisha values on how to get through life's valleys and prepare for the peaks that are soon to come:
1. Life is full of peaks and valleys. While I can't control the valleys, I can be clear and intentional of what I can consider a peak. If you get through the valley, you can get to the peak.
2. Accountability and feedback are words that are typically far apart in regular definition, but you can't have one without the other. When you listen and own the feedback that you receive, that's when accountability starts. Stay accountable over the things you have control over.
3. It's easy to tap on your key resources when you're working to achieve a result under circumstances of disruption, but you need to pause and genuinely care about the wellbeing of the people who are doing the work to carry out those results.
4. People need clarity and answers when it relates to how quickly things move. We need to focus on what's really important and how that impacts the results we are trying to achieve.
5. Your character will get you places your education won't. I believe if we can be good citizens, a lot of other things will work themselves out.
6. Encourage people to own the experiences we create for others. Alignment is so important because when you have true alignment and buy-in on a shared experience and result, regardless of people's backgrounds, you can accomplish anything.
7. As a country right now, we're in a valley. But if we align our decisions with our desired outcomes then the peaks may get here faster.
8. I control the decisions I make and decide how to land when I get to the valley.
9. During the valleys and peaks, you have to surround yourself with people and experiences that sustain you. When you're in the valleys, do you understand who your champions are? Who are you going to for support? Who are the people in your network that advise and council you?
10. Practice consistency of messaging and touch points as it relates to priorities. It is very easy during a time of crisis to be all over the place, so it's important to be intentional about where you focus your energy and efforts.
11. Leaders need to be transparent, honest, and empathetic. Be intentional about the things you can do and transparent about the plan forward. Leaders also need to be composed and vulnerable. You don't need to be loud an angry to show people you have things under control. Compose your delivery but be compassionate about your efforts.