Over the past 8 months, both of
my parents and my father-in-law were hospitalized and
have undergone surgeries; two open heart surgeries and
one gall bladder removal.
aging process is inevitable.
just because someone is 80 plus doesn't mean that they
have accepted the slowing down part of aging.
Whether you are in your 30's, 40's, 50's or
beyond...our minds and wills can be so strong
that we don't acknowledge or accept that our bodies may
not be the same as they used to be.
the early part of my mother's recovery period from her
aortic valve replacement, she struggled with her lack of
energy and overall malaise. She was impatient to
be back to where she once was. We can all
relate to this as we are most appreciative of our health
when it's absent. Fortunately for her, and for
many of us, the absence of health is
We believe that invincibility is
solely reserved for teens and young adults.
However, people of all ages exhibit the belief
that they are invincible in one way or
another. Just think about the
matriarchal martyr in your family and how she believes
nobody can survive without her.
the workplace this belief shows up as a sense of
indispensability. You know you are in
this mindset when you think your company, department,
team or boss just couldn't operate without you; or let
alone survive if you were to be "downsized" out of your
position regardless of your 10, 20 or even 30 years of
it happens. Frequently.
companies, departments, teams and bosses manage to go on
with the work.
gave me great advice early in my career, which I wish I
had understood earlier. He said "Remember
that you are never indispensable; there is always
someone able and willing to take on the job after
way I see it is our jobs are like our health. Too
often we only appreciate them or pay attention to them
once they are gone. Our bodies are like skills; we
need to keep them fit and up for the challenge by never
forgetting that we are neither invincible nor
Due to my
work as a coach during an economically challenging time,
I know one too many people dealing with the aftermath of
being downsized. The emotional turmoil and
anger that accompanies this experience can be a lot like
the slow and arduous recovery of a physical
And a mind shift.
biggest mind shift that we all need to make, whether
gainfully employed or not, is that we can never just
rest on our accomplishments of the past.
Today, we are in a knowledge economy where ideas
and thought leadership is the currency of value.
As employees we are required to behave in an
entrepreneurial fashion, keeping pace with the newest
and best of ideas and thinking. We must
continue to strive to add value and to learn new skills
each and every day. We must recognize and leverage
our unique strengths and leverage them.
to exercise and stretch your skills is like neglecting
your body. Years of abuse or neglect have its
we can't control what happens to us, but we can
certainly create an environment that optimizes our
ability to learn and grow without a sense of
entitlement, invincibility or
skills and interests to work. Join the Texas Women
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Laura Lopez is an
award-winning author of The
Connected and Committed Leader. She is also a
consultant, and a Birkman Method certified business
coach who has been featured on the Today Show ,Latina
Voices Smart Talk, Living Smart and Fox News
In addition, her
accomplishments have been highlighted in several
business periodicals including Personal
Excellence, The Long Beach Business Journal, The Houston
Chronicle, Latina Magazine, and Central Valley Business
Times. Her articles on management and leadership are
regularly seen in Leadership Excellence.
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