Given the natural ebb and flow we experience as members of families, social groups, and society as a whole, it comes as no surprise to find that similar ups and downs exist in our professional lives.
Although a freelancer or contractor is accustomed to organic relationships with clients and flexible work schedules, an unexpected change in circumstance can sweep the rug from beneath our feet. Though sudden changes prompt feelings of disappointment, frustration, and at times worry, it is important to keep calm and remain centered.
Having the ability to view a situation as a whole and in an objective manner allows us the opportunity to consider the various needs involved and make sense of a situation. Finding stillness amidst the change encourages us to acknowledge we have been shaken, but keeps us from feeling stirred and out of balance.
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve acquired from yoga is the importance of awareness and objectivity. Having the ability to apply both of these concepts into any area of my life helps me “zoom out” of a situation, and see it from various perspectives rather than become upset and feel cheated, disrespected or disregarded. Instead of feeling attacked, I try to see myself as part of a whole and learn to coexist with the good and the bad. I am a contractor with abilities and ambitions, working with businesses who are attempting to grow and prosper, and we are all part of a pool of services that are required to compete, strive, and offer efficient solutions to a situation. If my goals are my only focus, I’d fail to see how others have similar needs as my own, and I will also fail to recognize that those very needs of others are what fuel my profession and demand in the first place.
Implementing objectivity however does not completely remove the initial feelings of disappointment and fear. That is why allowing ourselves to be shaken by a scenario requires internal awareness first and foremost in order for us to understand our thoughts and analyze why the ground is shaking beneath us. But the minor tremor we experience is no comparison to the potential whirlpool of negativity we may otherwise find ourselves caught in if we did not apply objectivity into the equation. By creating a still and strong center within, we may sway when the wind blows, but never break a single branch.