Instability is rife.
Politically we are being told of the instability being caused by the British vote on whether to stay in the EU or not.
Instability is apparently rippling into the financial markets as a result of the political instability.
Instability caused by the run up to the US elections and the selection of candidates for the Republican and Democrat parties. (I’m not going to fuel his publicity and stirring-up-hatred machine so I’m going to say the worst offender rhymes with Flump).
Instability and controversy are entering teaching again with the announcement that all schools are going to be forced to become academies in the next few years.
And finally the instability caused by Ian Duncan Smith resigning by letter on 18th March with a letter pointing the finger at the PM and Chancellor and their drive to push budget cuts to impact on disabled people when they are already feeling the pain if austerity keenly.
So, I hope you’re not feeling too dizzy from all that instability? Let me show you where this blog is going…
When we face uncertainty it’s often a time when we will look at ourselves and ask if we are doing the right thing? What are we doing wrong? What do we need to change as a result of the uncertainty in the bigger world
You may ask yourself “Why am feeling uncertain myself?”
Uncertainty can become a bit of a drain on our confidence and fuelled by papers and the news uncertainty starts to breed…but at these times it’s more important than ever to stick to your principles, values and knowledge and trust yourself.
Think about riding a bike – from those first terrifying turns of the pedals in the park to confidently riding through traffic in the city, the basic style and principle remains the same – balance, pedal, steer, look ahead, be aware of yourself and adapt to the surroundings.
If it rains we wear a waterproof jacket.
If it’s windy we push the pedals down a bit harder and drop a bit lower.
If it’s bumpy we grip a little tighter and pedal a little harder.
But we keep the same forward motion going in the same way despite the uncertainty. We adapt but stay focused on our direction of travel.
As you undergo outside forces, pressures, changes and stresses just try to remember that you are equipped to deal with whatever life throws at you, you have the skills and resources to overcome the uncertainty– even if you don’t -there’s a network of friends, colleagues and family who will help you.
Just because the world is uncertain you don’t have to be.
Stay focused on your goal, stay strong and stay on course – pedal!
“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving” Albert Einstein.