With the UK Budget (or Budgie!) now todays ‘chip paper’, I think it’s fair to say that whilst the economy continues to flatline, George Osborne did as much as he can with no cash! In my opinion, I reckon we’re about half way through the west’s economic woes, so we’ve all got to adjust to a few more years of austerity, get on with it and work smarter until 2020. That’s it.
So, there’s the downside, but let’s consider the benefits of where we are now. Someone said a while ago that “half was done when the beginning was done” and whilst not grammatically perfect, it actually says a lot about thinking more glass-half-full, more often.
I don’t want todays article to be all ‘life coachy’, but recovering our economy and restating ours and Europe’s position as a central powerhouse for trade between the East and West requires us to pull together and consider our position. If we’re half way through, we’re actually a lot further through the commercial change cycle than economists would predict – it’s now we have to plan for better times and build-in sufficient rigour to prevent a recurrence of the 2007 events.
To get into this mindset, we as individuals need to understand if we’re ready for recovery and ready to emerge from the gloom. We also need to understand that we need to be more resilient that we’ve ever been, because recovery won’t be a free ride – you only need to watch the unfurling the situation in Cyprus to realise that.
To help focus the mind a little, I refer back to the dreaded ‘to do’ list which I’ve written about before. As a natural activist, I’ll always do the things I like or enjoy before addressing the boring jobs – the admin, the ironing, the tidying of that kitchen drawer etc.
In a previous life, I was a successful project manager which required me (nay forced me under the threat of ‘the sack’) to plan, plan and plan again. What I learned quickly is that once the GANTT was done and the folders prepared, the rest was relatively plain sailing until implementation – mainly down to the fact that managing stuff day to day was all about being honest, open and building successful working relationships.
If we juxtapose this into our preparedness for recovery, we’ve actually done the hard-yards already, what we all need do now is get networking, get talking, get trading, get bartering, get busy and spend time preparing ourselves.
Preparing oneself for the future is our biggest challenge. Glass half empty, living in the past and blaming others will only serve to prolong our mental recession and depression. Let’s get out there and find someone to challenge our thinking; a mentor, trusted colleague, coach or counsellor will help promote self awareness.
Once you’ve seen your metaphoric fuel gauge, you’ll know how ready you are to successfully weather the current storm and what needs to be done to be the best when the skies eventually brighten.
I reckon half of todays visitors will think this is ‘clap-trap’, and I’m happy with that!
What I can say to the nay sayers is that recovery from any life event (and a financial recession is a life event to many) is about working out why the event happened, working through the short term crisis, coping with recovery then preparing for a better (but possibly different) future. It’s just the change curve with a few extra undulations.
Whether the above words are tripe, provocative or have prompted the synapses, it would be great to hear your views!