The theme for 2009 is resilience.
Professional resilience is the subject of my upcoming book, Super Staying Power, and it’s also the mantra around town right now, as last year’s economic collapse is still making life a grind for many of us. There is opportunity, yes, but there is also stress; even if your job is safe, you may be laying people off, taking a cut in salary, or starting over in terms of your investments… none of that is easy.
We all need to support one another right now. Here’s how:
I run a few times a week. Maybe you do, too. Maybe you’re training for the Chicago marathon… maybe you’re about to start. It doesn’t matter. If you run, I want you to do something: I want you to add a little distance to your route. A quarter mile, a half mile, two miles. Something. And when you run it, I want you to remember the extra distance we all need to go right now. It’s tough, it hurts, and as much as you may want to, you can’t quit.
Put the idea of “extra effort” into our consciousness in a positive way, one person at a time. Exchange stress for resilience by getting in the habit of going just a little bit beyond your goals, and discovering that you can, in fact, do more.
I’m up in Chicago’s northern suburbs. If anyone’s interested in doing a 3 or 4 mile loop as a group once a week, either up here or downtown, let me know.
Jason Seiden is CEO of Ajax Workforce Marketing. Ajax amplifies brands by aligning employees' online messaging.