In 2020, a life event like none this generation had ever experienced snuck upon us, and seemingly overnight, the world as we knew it spiraled out of control. It had been more than 100 years since the last worldwide pandemic, and while viewpoints were mixedand we didn’t have a good sense of what we were dealing withthe word on the street was, “This is bad, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.”

The earth got eerily quiet

Life as we knew it came to a screeching halt, and except for life essentials, we were confined to our homes 24/7. Disinfectants, facial masks, Netflix, Amazon, and ZOOM were our constants. And businesses like restaurants and retailers had to pivot quickly to be able to stay afloat while keeping staff and customers safe.

On top of all that, it was an election year that just kept getting “curiouser and curiouser” with each passing day.

How we felt

Emotions ran high on all fronts leaving us feeling shocked, fearful, vulnerable, stressed, stuck, and powerless.

The good news

We’ve rounded the corner, and life is slowly but surely returning to normal. Hope and optimism abound, and while there’s still much work to be done, it feels like we’re headed in the right direction, onward and upward! 

 “Feeling powerless is not being powerless.”

Amy Cuddy, Associate Professor Harvard Business School

If you still find yourself floundering and stuck in the “feeling powerless” mindset, take heed of three simple ways to stand up and lean into your personal and professional power.

1. Be self-aware

Self-awareness is the “conscious knowledge of one’s character, feelings, motives, and desires.” When you take time to understand why you feel what you feel and why you act and behave in a certain way, you’re then free to change the things about yourself that may be holding you back.

Being self-aware is an admirable and important trait in the workplace because it allows you to relate better to your colleagues and creates a more harmonious environment.

2. Take responsibility

Taking responsibility for yourself and your career is the responsible thing to do. It shows a high level of professionalism and can help you advance your career. When you take responsibility, you are in the driver’s seat and can control your actions and the role you play inside the organization. 

A responsible employee creates trust and dependability, both highly sought-after traits by leadership.

3. Keep learning

Steve Jobs said, “Learn continually. There’s always one more thing to learn.” 

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