January 20, 2021 4:00 am Published by

Episode 91:

As a bestselling author, keynote speaker, Certified EOS Implementer, Certified Business Coach, WPO Chapter Chair, and globally recognized, award-winning seminar leader, Sue brings over twenty-five years of experience to her clients. She is the CEO of YESS! and has designed and delivered dynamic, transformational programs for thousands of people. Sue has received numerous awards including the Dream Keeper award recognized by the Governor’s Council for her leadership program, the Regional U.S. Small Business Administration Women in Business Champion of the Year award, the Exemplary Woman of the Community award, WomenVenture’s Unsung Hero award, Women Who Lead from Minnesota Business Magazine, NAWBO Minnesota’s Achieve! Vision Award and named a 2018 Enterprising Woman of the Year. Sue has been featured in publications including Inc., Entrepreneur, Thrive Global and The New York Daily News.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How to find a sense of optimism when you are beaten down and tired
  • What we can do to be more resilient and conquer uncertainty
  • How to create consistency, stability, and a sense of control over the future
  • Why it is important to break the routine and do things that feed your soul
  • How to overcome resentment and inner conflict about the sense of powerlessness the pandemic has created
  • Why we need to focus on learning and adjusting in incremental ways


Resilience in the Pandemic

2020 is finally behind us. It wasn’t an easy year by any means, but it gave many of us the time we needed to reset and recalibrate. As we prepare for what’s ahead in 2021, we have an opportunity to recognize how far we’ve come and let go of everything that is holding us back. We need to dig deep and find that sense of optimism, because optimism is the key to resilience. My daughter, Ali Stieglbauer, is joining us once again to provide an additional perspective to this discussion. During our conversation, Ali and I share insights about what we are doing to stay resilient so we can push forward in these difficult times.

Finding Inward Optimism

“15 Days to Slow the Spread” quickly turned into ten months of uncertainty with no end in sight. We continue to do our part, but at the same time, most of us are DONE with this! We are beaten down, tired, out of jobs, and bored out of our minds. Yet, we still feel the pressure to wake up every morning and bring our best selves to every interaction. The reality is that these are not normal times. There is a lot more weight on our shoulders, but there is also a lot more time to deal with it. We need to step back and rest to process everything that is happening. We have been following most of the pandemic protocols for a long time now—they are unfortunately becoming second nature. So use your rest days as a chance to figure out what is really making you tired. If you can address that, you will be significantly more resilient.

Consistency vs. Certainty

The hard truth that many fail to realize is that we’ve never had certainty in our lives. All of us have been dealing with uncertainty long before the pandemic took place. We lived our lives with consistency, stability, and the illusion of control, and there is comfort in those things. At the same time, we can still find ways to create consistency and stability to find some sense of normalcy in these strange times. When we draw the separation between certainty and consistency, it becomes easier to move forward.

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