Changes in direction related to the RMA, three water management, and spending priorities for transport all impact on the local government sector.

Changes in Government policy could see your work programme completely altered, resulting in wasted work – or even job insecurity if your work relies on Government funding.

The stories we tell ourselves during stressful times can affect how difficult they are to navigate. Here is a method you can try if you need clarity on what you can do to respond to these challenges – rather than ruminating on things that are outside of your control.

Try filling out the following sentence

Looking at the Government’s new direction, the changes with the most impact on my area of work will be ………………………………………….. AND  ……………………………………………………..


BUT the most significant change for me, personally, is …………………………………………………. because …………………………………………………………………………………………..


THEREFORE:

Choose one of these sentence stems and write it out 12 times, coming up with 12 different answers:

I want to prioritise …..

I would like to let go of …

I can adapt to this change by …

Many of the answers you come up with may not be that helpful. But if you keep going, you may uncover an idea that was not obvious to you when you started.

If you try this, I’d love to hear what you come up with!

And of course, you can also try this exercise for any other issue you are facing, other than reforms affecting local government.

(Acknowledgement: I have adapted this writing exercise from some more business-focused ones in Ed Gandia‘s newsletter.)