Right Here, Right Now: Prioritizing Your Personal Development in Times of Crisis
If the pandemic taught me anything, it is that we should be prepared for times in our lives when everything feels like it is in crisis. Thankfully, I was prepared for life during the pandemic because of my years of experience dealing with long-term unemployment.
As we make our way into the future, we need to reflect on these lessons learned so we can prioritize our own development when life is back in flux. It might not be now, but it could happen when we are least prepared — so prepare now!
Right Here, Right Now: Prioritizing Your Personal Development in Times of Crisis is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle — with an audiobook available soon!
Please consider getting a copy today — and another for a gift!
From the Forward from “Right Here, Right Now: Prioritizing Your Personal Development During Times of Crisis”
Putting together a personal development plan can seem daunting. It can feel overwhelming to put together a list of personal priorities for the future when the present feels uncertain. How do I know whom I want to be six months or a year from now when I am trying to keep myself afloat right now?
I know this from personal experience.
Since 2018 I have had to adjust how I thought about my own personal and professional development. No longer relying on an employer paying for my professional development, asking me to complete a self-assessment once a year, or even having anyone give me feedback on the work I am doing, I have had to figure out what to do next all on my own.
Coupled with trying to kick-start a new business, managing a never-ending job search, and learning to pivot my skills in the middle of a pandemic — well, it’s a wonder I can look past the next hour much less the next month or more.
But I believe we all have the capacity to at least think about the here and now. We can do one thing, something, that will propel us forward to meet our goals. This book will highlight lessons I’ve learned in the last two years in managing professional and personal goals that focus on the right here and right now, which I believe will help others propel themselves towards completing their goals.
I am hopeful that reading about my journey, and the lessons I learned, my lessons learned will help you do something that benefits you, right here, right now.
Table of Contents
- Understanding Our Strengths During Times of Crisis
- Creating a Management Plan in Times of Crisis
- The Management Plan Concepts — What to Learn?
- The Management Plan Concepts — Why You Should Refine a Skill
- The Management Plan Concepts — Teaching Others Works as Professional Development
- Lessons Learned about Using a Management Plan While in Crisis
- Lesson One: Realize Your Personal Development Plan Doesn’t Need to Be Perfect
- Lesson Two: Identify Your Strengths to Access Your Personal Power
- Lesson Three: We Need an Easy Win as Motivation
- Lesson Four: Keep Your Own Receipts on Yourself
- Lesson Five: We Work Harder When We Have a Prize at the End
- Lesson Six: What We Tell Others We Fear Might Not Be the Real Fear
- Lesson Seven: My Self Worth Isn’t Determined By What I Start or Finish.
- Lesson Eight: A New Era Demands a New Set of Rules
Joseph works in non-profit workforce development, after 20 years working in higher education administration. He has a background in diversity, equity, and inclusion education, professional development, training, and leadership development. He’s the author of Tales of a Displaced Worker, The SAGA Facilitation Model, and Right Here, Right Now: Prioritizing Your Personal Development During Times of Crisis.