"Your ability to be adaptable and flexible will help you stay open to all of the hidden gifts that difficulty may offer.” — Mandy Ingber
When things don't go as planned the results can be rather disappointing, yet sometimes the worst thing that could happen to you may be the best thing for you so long as you don't let it get the best of you.
I've made a career out of delivering keynote addresses at conferences, facilitating professional development workshops for emerging leaders and their influencers, and leading team meetings for executives. When the global pandemic hit, it hit my company hard. No one was hosting conferences, workshops, and meetings anymore!
Despite this, I had the capacity and the resources needed to adapt to the changing circumstances. Since 2017 I've worked to move Hashtag Positivity's curriculum online, even enrolling in a Masters of Education program at Purdue University to learn how to do just that through their robust Learning Design and Technology Department.
In 2020, when in-person training became impossible, I knew what to do and transitioned to offering self-paced online courses coupled with live workshops via Zoom. As a result, I've had the opportunity to work with individuals, teams, and organizations that would never have been able to work with me otherwise.
Not only does the virtual learning space open the door to a global client base, it also eliminates all travel costs, making Hashtag Positivity's services more accessible to non-profits, educational institutions, and teams within smaller organizations.
As a result of the disappointments in 2020, I'm now helping national brands and leaders of industry across the United States—and even clients as far away as India and Australia—to help them initiate and manage positive change for individual, team, and organizational growth. And these opportunities never would have happened had it not been for the disappoints.
Having the capacity and the resources to adapt to change are both essential for recognizing and utilizing new pathways to success. Because remember, sometimes the worst thing that could happen to you just may be the best thing for you, so long as you don't let it get the best of you.
How are you adapting to the changes you face? Might there be a lack of current capacity or resources? If so, Hashtag Positivity can help. Contact me today and we'll set up a call to discuss your challenges, goals, and obstacles.
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Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.