There is no doubt 2020 has been more challenging than any of us could have imagined, but even as we face a difficult winter there are glimmers of hope for the future. However you have been affected this year, how will you make the most of the new future emerging?
I’ve always been inspired by Gandhi’s words:
‘Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour.
Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits.
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.’
Keep positive and shape your own destiny
So, in the current difficult and uncertain times, I say keep positive and shape your own destiny. I am by nature most definitely an optimist. Why? Well, to paraphrase another leader, because it does not seem too much use being anything else.
We all have bad days and on those days we can try, at least, to acknowledge negative thoughts and to then maybe ask, ‘Hey, what else is possible here?’
Often, we are better at helping others than ourselves so we can try to make the challenges more objective and less personal. On bad days, perhaps consider how others you know would see a problem and what advice you might give them to get out of it. I find this sometimes helps to stop being too hard on myself and be more objective.
A new future
For me personally the launch of a new business, Sisko Group, during the current pandemic and recession has been a real challenge, but it has also been fun and stimulating.
A change of a job or a career by choice, as I have done this year, can be a difficult step to take. But to have it thrust upon you by redundancy, perhaps after a long period of uncertainty, must be exceedingly difficult and a very worrying time.
At Sisko Group, as well as creating solutions to meet our clients’ needs, we also provide opportunities and support for individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to help them create a new start in life, set new goals and to be positive about the opportunities ahead - whether that’s a new job or training for a whole new career.
And the opportunities are many and varied. We see the soundbites of our Government’s 10-point ‘green industrial revolution’ and with that comes new investment, new opportunities and new jobs, especially in the energy sector.
I am really looking forward to playing a part in creating the future and, as we come through this terrible year and start to build back ‘greener’, I am proud and optimistic to be supporting people that I have yet to even meet or get to know. Let’s get it on!
Director, Sisko Group