Take Control of What You Can Control

27th March, 2020

As you may know, our teams are now working from home and delivering our services digitally so you can still get the support you need. We’ve gone from working across 10 offices - as well as schools and job centres - to delivering our bespoke 1-2-1 support remotely via phone and Skype, from over 200 locations!

Feeling positive and motivated during these uncertain times can be tricky, but there’s still plenty you can do to take back control and boost your focus.

  • Take your goals one small step at a time
    While it’s good to have big and ambitious goals, it helps to break them down so they’re more manageable. Your end goal might be to do 100 push-ups in one go, or to be able to speak a second, or third, language. But, by starting with the basics; 10 push-ups at a time, or learning 5 popular phrases in a new language, you’re still making progress without feeling overwhelmed. Setting smaller goals will help you to reach your end target smoothly, giving you reason to celebrate regularly and helping to avoid frustration at not meeting the end goal straight away.
  • Reach out for support
    You might need some help. Whether you’re struggling with setting time aside to work on achieving a goal, staying accountable, or you’re not sure of your next step, there’s someone who can help. Remember, whilst these goals are yours, it doesn’t mean you have to do it alone, friends, family and even online groups of people who are interested in the same subject are all likely to be willing to cheer you on and lend a hand.

  • Celebrate every success
    Sometimes life can feel tough, especially right now, so it’s important to take time to celebrate every success, no matter how big or small. Tailored and submitted your CV to a company? Made a dinner the whole family liked? Or even got your child to sit and do maths for more than 10 minutes? Celebrate! Post your achievements on social media or cut yourself a bigger slice of cake, however you want to do it, just make sure you take a second to appreciate yourself. It’ll build your confidence and allow you take back some control.
  • Allow yourself to develop and change
    Life is constantly changing and so are we. Sometimes, taking control means accepting this as a fact. It doesn’t mean that all is lost, and don’t think of it as reacting to a negative change, try to think of it as preparing yourself for a positive change in the future.

You might need some help. Whether you’re struggling with setting time aside to work on achieving a goal, staying accountable, or you’re not sure of your next step, there’s someone who can help. Remember, whilst these goals are yours, it doesn’t mean you have to do it alone, friends, family and even online groups of people who are interested in the same subject are all likely to be willing to cheer you on and lend a hand. Take a listen to our YouTube playlist!

If you’re feeling unsure about work right now, together with your existing skills and a helping hand from our careers coaches, we can get on the path you want to be on. We’re here to cheer you on get you where you need to be. Whatever happens, we’re rooting for you to succeed.

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