Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone – Building Resilience in the New Work World



By Mary Ann Faremouth,

The Third Step of the Faremouth Method is “Step Out of Your Comfort Zone.”  Whether you are going into work or working from home, or have already been part of the cutbacks at your office, the Covid-19 pandemic has probably changed your work world in some way, shape or form. You have been forced to step out of your comfort zone where fear and anxiety about your life can be overwhelming.  When I was thinking about all the employee and employer concerns I heard this last week, a famous quote came to mind that has always given me hope in my life during times of extreme stress, loss or overwhelm. It’s a quote by Henry Ford that goes like this:

 

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

 

What that quote has always said to me is that we gain great strength and perseverance when we have some extreme challenge to overcome, not when things are easy and comfortable.  When we are forced to “Step Out of Our Comfort Zone” is where the real gold is to be found.  How do we build resilience and manage job stress effectively to be able to go to that higher place, that growth-oriented space, that new more fulfilling destination?

 

The following tips are ones that I feel may help you during these fearful times.  They are tips that I have heard from a variety of sources which have helped employees and employers cope with having to step out of their comfort zone and build resilience in the New Work World.

 

  1. Increase your sense of control by developing a consistent daily routine when possible,

ideally, one that is similar to your schedule before the pandemic.

  • Take breaks from work to exercise, check in with your supportive network

which may include colleagues, family and friends.

  • Spend time outdoors, either being physically active or relaxing. Even

taking a long walk might be helpful during these difficult times.

  • Practice mindfulness techniques that might include meditation, Yoga,

prayer, visualization, etc.,

  • Do things you enjoy during non-work hours, such as listening to music,

cooking, taking an online class that you always wanted to take.

  • If you work from home, set a regular time to end your work for the day,

if possible.

  1. Identify those things which you do not have control over and do the best you can with

the resources available to you.

  • If you have lost your job, consider updating your resume to highlight skills

which may be transferable.

  • Come to a realistic understanding that you might have to take a pay-cut in these

uncertain times but continue to work hard and prove yourself to be in a position

to get that raise and promotion when things do turn around. It’s important to remember to be grateful for the resources that you have available to you. There is a lot to be said for feeling grateful for whatever it is we have in our lives. There is an old saying that what we put into the world will come back to us. As we help others, others will help us.

  • Do research of available opportunities to seek the help of a career coach,

advisor or online resources to know what options are available.

  1. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social

media.  Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting and mentally

exhausting.  Make sure you give yourself a break from all the news which may keep you from a positive mindset.

  1. Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns. If you feel you                 need to seek professional help in a therapeutic setting, do it.
  2. Remind yourself that everyone is in an unusual situation with limited resources.
  3. Know the facts about Covid-19 and protect yourself and others by sharing

accurate information to reduce stress and making a connection with others.

 

Understand that with the right mindset, support and belief in your abilities, you will get through this.  In the last major downturn in 2009, wonderful new businesses like Air B&B, Uber, and others, were started because of new needs and alternatives brought to the surface. This can be a wonderful time of inspiration and motivation. Sometimes we can be in a career or job where we feel we are unchallenged and complacent. Then when there is a shake up, we have that opportunity to reassess our own value and turn that into something better than what we had before the shakeup.

 

Just like the quote of Napoleon Bonaparte, “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”

 

Do what you have to do in these challenging times to develop your own inner strength.  If you do that and have that solid resolve within, you will survive these challenging times and come out of this stronger, more determined, and dedicated to be the best you can be and even help to make a contribution to help others through the process to become better in our New Work World.  We have to have that mindset of feeling grateful, helping others, and doing what we can on a collective basis to turn this entire situation around into something more positive than we’ve ever had before but it will take everyone working as a team for the common cause.

 

As another famous author, Ara,  wrote:

 

“Maybe it’s not about putting roots down anywhere but driving them so deep in yourself that no matter where you are you’re home.”

 

According to Faremouth’s company website, “Mary Ann is the founder and CEO of Faremouth and Company. As a leader in the national recruiting community and a placement specialist since 1982, Mary Ann knows what it takes to get the job done. She is 2016 President of Houston Independent Personnel Consultant Group, is a member of the NASPD, NAPCA, the National Association of Personnel Consultants, and is also a highly regarded speaker and writer. Her articles can be found in various industry related publications. She founded Jobs: Houston Magazine in 1997, one of the most popular employment magazines in Texas for over 7 years.”  She is the author of the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning book Revolutionary Recruiting

 

Mary Ann Faremouth is the founder and CEO of Faremouth & Company and a highly regarded recruiter, career consultant, speaker and writer. She has been a placement specialist and a leader in the national recruiting community and has placed thousands of employees since 1982. She was the 2016 president of the Houston Independent Personnel Consultant Group and is a board member of the NASPD (National Association of Steel Pipe Distributors) and Authors Marketing Guild. She specializes in recruitment of professional, clerical, and temporary placements, with a variety of industry specific positions in various fields. Her expertise is in matching quality applicants with the right job, serving companies ranging from thriving independents to global conglomerates, tailoring each engagement to the client’s needs.

Mary Ann holds a CPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) credential, was certified by the Board of Regents of the National Association of Personnel Consultants in Washington, DC, and was awarded an Advanced Communicator Bronze,  Advanced Leader Bronze Awards by Toastmasters. She cofounded Jobs: Houston magazine in 1997. Mary Ann maintains affiliations with professional organizations in various other industries, including oil and gas, financial, construction, IT, and structural, mechanical, and civil engineering. She has a keen understanding of the marketplace and its specialized needs and requirements.

Mary Ann brings a wealth of expertise to clients looking for the right individual to maximize and empower their team. As a consultant she is available to assist both the applicant and the client to quickly adapt to the New Work World. She also offers virtual and in-person workshops to guide individuals through personalized self-discovery to find new career paths. She continues to build her affiliations with recognized leadership organizations to best serve her clients and applicants by creating a network of highly professional contacts throughout the world. She utilizes her platform as a writer and speaker through her articles and affiliations to reach those in need of help, offering hands-on guidance to navigate this uncharted territory. (More information on www.faremouth.com)

 

Mary Ann’s award-winning first book Revolutionary Recruiting has been listed by Book Authority as Number #1 of the Best 100 Recruiting Books; #1 Best Seller, Non-Fiction by Amazon (2019); Top 20 Recruiting books by Recruitics; Readers’ Choice finalist (2019) by Houston Literary Awards; Best Non-Fiction (2018), Best Cover (2019), and Best Self-Help (2018) by Authors Marketing Guild. Her books support individuals and corporations, teaching them how to tap into each candidate’s unrealized potential to find the right person for each job, maximizing both employee satisfaction as well as the employer’s bottom line. Mary Ann also showcases her expertise of the recruiting world on a monthly podcast for The Price of Business and weekly articles for USA Business. Mary Ann lives in Houston, Texas.

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