When one door closes, another opens, but it’s one hell of a corridor!
I heard this expression last year, yet I feel it’s come into its own in 2020. I honestly believe there are some amazing changes, mindset shifts, ways of working and ways of interacting and being that are already coming out of 2020 and all that the year has brought with it, but it really is one hell of a corridor!
So, how do you navigate the corridor?
That depends a lot on how you’re experiencing it. To throw around another cliché, we are in this together, but experiencing it differently, so your navigation will depend on your experience. Do you need to sit with the discomfort of uncertainty and ambiguity? I think for most, this will be their truth to some degree! Do you need to manage your boundaries so as not to burn out with an excessive workload? Or is it the opposite, and your work has been impacted and you are either working a lot less, or not at all? Are you managing a full household with competing priorities, or are you living alone and managing the isolation, or are you somewhere in between? Are you close to the new open door, or is it still a long way in the distance, or are you unsure?
You might be living in lockdown (we are in Melbourne as I write this), or maybe you’re able to move around, visit friends and family and participate in everyday activities. All of these things will impact your corridor, as will any false doors along the way, if the corridor is straight, or if there are twists and turns.
Regardless, another door will open and there is so much learning to be done along the way. A couple of things that may help you navigate this time are to remember that you don’t have to move along the corridor alone, and to be gentle with yourself. Try not to put unnecessary pressure on yourself during a time that so many things are beyond your control, rather focusing on things you can control and influence.
See you in the corridor, with appropriate social distancing and a face mask 😊.
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Laurenne Di Salvo is a Coach (PCC), Corporate Trainer and Learning & Development Consultant. She enables people to develop the personal and professional capabilities they require for their current and future roles and lives through evidenced based coaching practices and learning programs.