I’m slightly afraid to say this out loud, but I am on my way upward from the Valley of Despair. Dare I say I am beyond hope and very close to acceptance? (If you missed my article about sinking into the Valley, check it out here.)
It was not an easy journey, but I was reminded of a few critical steps in the process. Ironically (or not), these actually tie back to the core values of Positive Delta. I’d like to share some guidance that may help you if you’re trying to pull yourself from that same low feeling.
Don’t’ get me wrong. This is not “Do these two things and you’ll be fine!”. It’s work, it’s a process, it’s a journey. It may not work at first, you may need to adjust, you may need to repeat, but you’ve taken a step forward. Well done!
If you are a manager or leader, peer and friend, be the encouragement and support your people may need to work through their own steps out of the Valley of Despair (which likely doesn’t look, feel, or sound like your own). That support comes in the shape of listening first, then good communication, training on new ways of doing things, and reinforcement when they get closer.
At Positive Delta, this is what we help our clients achieve. We make getting out of the valley and to the destination easier.