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Live and Learn: Retain your confidence in the current economic climate

Updated on May 31, 2012

The current unstable wave in the economy means many people have lost their securities, stabilities and more importantly confidence in life. They are tossed around in the air like a young child engaged in a fun activity, thrown up unprepared, unequipped and totally oblivious of his or her safety up in the air. The child goes up and comes back with a bigger expectation that spreads a contagious spark around the room. The innocent but dangerous display of affection sometimes leads to questions such as where do I start from? What do I do with my life now? Where do I go from here?

When life throw us up in a floatation journey without the necessary support system, The following suggestions might help us retain our confidence.

Be true to yourself – Away from everything you just lost, this is the time to be true to yourself, look within and find out who you truly are. This is not the time to be critical about the past because the past is gone. The secret to retaining your confidence at this time is to think of the future and live now. George Lawrence-Ell in The Invisible Clock says it all “But an accurate definition of the self is impossible. You are more than you realize, more than you can define. And the more time you spend trying to nail down the definition, the less time you spend living right now. ... Your past is not your identity... You, living now, is your identity.

Go with the flow – I was really distraught when I first lost my job a few years back but losing my job forced me to take life easy and have a well deserving break. When life throws you a bargain, try and recognise the deal it offers. Lao-Tzu says it all “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” At the time when, everything seemed to have collapsed; this is the right time to just go with the flow. Take a “Moment” to relax and go with the flow.

Be Sensible – Saving more and spending less is not a sign of low confidence but a show of sensibility. Walter Ulbricht said of any sensible family as having a budget that lays out how much will be spent for household and other purposes. Without such planning, things would quickly go awry.

Discover hidden Strength – One of the things associated with loss is loss of strength. The secret to not losing your strength at this time is to shift your focus from the problem. A good solution to your problem could be a good distraction. I grew up learning to sew but never pursued any interest in the sewing/fashion industry. At the time I lost my job, I got distracted with going back into sewing and it has helped me to focus on something more tangible. I have since rediscovered my hidden talent and retained my strength.

Take Courage – Tough time does not last but tough people do says Dr Rober Schuller. Remember the child thrown up in the air does not know what coming back down holds for him or her but he comes back down bursting into contagious laughter, sometimes we have to be like that child. Hold our head high and take courage knowing that tough time will pass away.

The deal life dishes out sometimes can interrupt the flow of planned activities and the outlook for the future may seem bleak, just bear in mind that financial instability, loss of security, strength and stability will not last a life time. It will all pass away in a moment. Times like this are meant for a blessing in disguise.


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