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  • Linda R. Taliaferro

The Key to Success in 2021

I'm writing this in January of 2021, and I can honestly say that 2020 was an unbelievable, challenging, unprecedented year. If you're like me, you've had personal challenges, professional difficulties, and plenty of loss on top. I doubt I need to convince anyone reading this that it was a wild ride, but it gave me some time to think about what my hopes are for this new year.

The word "resilience" kept popping up when I was thinking about this. The ability to bounce back and recover from challenges has taught me how strong I really am.

How can we walk with resilience in 2021? Because let's be real: though 2020 is over on the calendar, the impact it has on our lives is ongoing. 2021 will present us with the same challenges we faced through last year, so we absolutely must develop our strength.

Resilience takes purpose

My purpose is and always has been to help people shift their thinking and take control of their own professional narratives. Having that direction and vision for my career is a big part of my ability to bounce back from setbacks. Every time a plan got cancelled or a project stalled or the news hurt my heart, I could refocus my energy on what gives my professional life meaning: helping others get their seat at the table.

As you cultivate resilience in your life, identify the big picture goal that gets you out of bed in the morning and use that as a strength to carry you through hard times.

Understand your why

Why do you want that seat at the table? Our professional goals are never just really about achieving a title on a business card. All that gives you is a flimsy piece of cardstock.

  • What is your actual purpose?

  • What impact do you want to have on your environment?

Let go of the obsession on exactly where you see yourself and focus on what you want to do with yourself. Reframing your goals in terms of "walking the walk" can help you stay trained on the activities that actually matter to you. Maybe you got denied a promotion due to pandemic conditions. If your dream for that position was to lead a team, knowing that can help you pursue leadership roles in your current job title. You can still live your "why" even if you got knocked down.

Resilience builds grace

Maybe you've heard me talk about the importance of gravitas— that certain "something" that people with executive presence radiate. Well, resilience is a big component of that. Think about someone you respect: if they got bad news, would they throw a tantrum? No, of course not. Even if they were frustrated, leaders are able to recover with grace and strength, bringing calm and purpose to whatever storm they found themselves in.

You can bring that energy to whatever chaos you end up in this year if you practice resilience.

Things will be different this year, no question. But you get to decide how you're going to show up. I spent the beginning of the year identifying my purpose and honing in on my why, and if you need help doing the same, I'm here for you. Click here to book a consultation with me and start the year off strong

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