Any pianists amongst you Spinners?
- You’re ten years old.
- You suffer a serious accident.
- You have both arms amputated.
What do you do?
You learn to play the piano with your toes.
I read about Liu Wei, who learnt to play the piano this way.
He recently appeared on ‘China’s Got Talent’ and got rave reviews.
Take a look at the video in the article at the end of this post and you’ll see what I mean…
I think he should have rave reviews for even considering doing what he did, let alone achieving it.
I started thinking about how we react to change in our lives.
- The kind of change we can do nothing about.
- We winge, we wine, we stamp our feet, but we don’t deal with the change.
- We don’t even accept it. We rail against it. Wait for it to go away. And when we’ve exhausted all our emotions…. it’s still happened….
Here’s my Positive Spin on
What To Do When You Don’t know What To Do
1. Sit down and ask your self this:
- Is this change ‘life-threatening’?
- If it is, there is a lot of professional help out there,
- But if, most likely, it’s not, then breathe a sigh of relief.
- It could be much worse. Liu Wei could have been left with only one foot….
2. This as bad as it will feel.
Tomorrow you’ll feel a little less afraid, and the next day too.
By then you’ll have distanced yourself from the issue a little, and be able to think more clearly.
Don’t rush into any decisions. There’s no need.
3. What immediate, small, action can you take?
Perhaps you failed some exams.
What do you want to do?
Wait a year?
Choose a different course? Go with your gut feeling on this.
Look at all your strengths and skills. How could you use them?
4. Change your expectations.
If one avenue is now closed to you, there are many others. Really! Oh yes…
Whatever your goal, there is more than one route to reach it.
If you have to wait to take the course of your dreams, what can you do meanwhile, to gain valuable experience? Travel? Voluntary work? Further study? Shadow someone in the role you hope for?
5. You’re made redundant, out of the blue.
It’s a shock, so do nothing until it fades a little.
Now get busy. Start updating your CV, (there’s free help out there for this), visit prospective employers and ask for an appointment with their HR person, scour the internet and press, talk to everyone and anyone who might have a lead. Work on this daily.
Look for support amongst fellow workers, friends, redundancy help lines and forums. You know you’re not alone!
Now look again at the article below and view the video of Liu Wei playing the piano.
Will the sky fall in because you have to make this change?
I don’t think so.
Please pass the article and video on to anyone you know who is facing an unwelcome change in their life.
What advice would you give to someone who doesn’t know what to do?
How have you dealt with sudden change in your life?
- Video – Man plays piano with toes (boston.com)
Header image by abyreed, post photo by Chris_Starscream, both from Flickr