3 Critical Keys to Thriving in Turbulent Times

3 Critical Keys to Thriving in Turbulent Times | By Jon L Iveson

The awareness and understanding of these three keys will allow you to thrive in any way you desire. You certainly can thrive in anything, no matter the circumstance, situation, or economy. However, you can not thrive in everything at once. You must be focused on selective greatness. Be great with these keys and you will thrive in turbulent times!

Priorities – Are you a Jack of All Trades and a Master of None? Only the masters will thrive. No matter where you are in life, you must make strategic decisions to master a few key areas, if you want to thrive. It can be challenging to make these choices and commitments (especially when you are young) because you might not be certain of your long-term aspirations or goals. However, when you realize that mastery of chosen priorities will almost always serve you better on any path you choose, you can confidently and peacefully choose priorities at any stage in your life. Mastery in a few priority areas, in any given year, will open up new and better opportunities in your future years!


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Margin – You must manage your time, energy, and money. This will allow you to achieve mastery in a few priority areas while also expanding your margin so that you can overcome the inevitable challenges and obstacles along the way. Spend time planning because it allows you to better understand the path ahead and gives you an opportunity to apply the critical and strategic thinking necessary for success. However, don’t rely on perfect plans with every detail accounted for. The turbulent times will require that you adjust and adapt along the way. Be willing and able to STICK to your priorities and RESPOND to the turbulent times!

Willpower – Wiktionary defines willpower as the unwavering strength of will to carry out one’s wishes. We must learn to feed our willpower, use it with our priorities, and manage our energy so that we can consistently apply it. Recent research on the willpower and exercise shows that willpower is a finite resource that must proactively directed, managed and replenished on a regular basis. Kathleen Martin Ginis, PhD, and Steven R. Bray, PhD, studied how exposing students to tests of willpower affected their willpower to exercise. They found that students subjected to the willpower test exercised less frequently and with less intensity than those students not subjected to the willpower tests. These finding likely apply in the other areas in your life that require willpower to succeed. Thus, you should make sure you do the following to optimize your willpower:

  • Make sure your priorities are built into on your calendar
  • Recruit accountability partners to help you with your priorities
  • Focus on your priorities earlier rather than later in the day
  • Feed your attitude and mood to increase the likelihood of demonstrating willpower

Turbulent times will challenge you in many ways. But, you can create your own internal stability and calmness in the midst of turbulence with the right approach. Establishing and committing to priorities, building margin, and applying and enhancing your willpower will go a long way in helping you succeed in turbulent times!

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About the Author:
Jon L. Iveson, Ph.D., The Champion’s Coach, is a Gazelles Certified Coach who helps individuals and companies survive and thrive in tough times. Access Jon’s FREE 21-page e-Book on “The 8 Steps to Thriving during Tough Times” and other valuable resources at http://www.ThrivingduringToughTimes.com. Stay informed on new resources and information by JOINING the “Surviving and Thriving in Tough Times” Group on LinkedIn.
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