Given what my life’s work has been about, I like to believe I have enough tools to manage my mindset, even in 2020. I consider it an honor to help others do the same as well. And then my humanity kicks in and I realize my work is never done. My job is to be curious, open and transparent about the work I have to continue to do to learn through challenges.  

As we continue to deal with the challenges navigating the pandemic, racial unrest, a never-ending election, the division between us, media – social and otherwise, school and business closures and our increasing impatience with it all, things feel hard.  

At least in my world this week, I’m acknowledging how real the fatigue from being flexible, managing my mindset, supporting others, and dealing with the continuity that change presents. We’re all taking our turns it seems. 

In any of the groups I lead, we acknowledge whoever may be feeling crazy, crispy or overdone that day. With time to reflect, I find I hit my wall as well.  

And it passes. Then it’s my turn to support others as well. I like to think of it as a cloud passing by covering a bright blue, sunny sky. The sky is still there, it’s just covered for the moment. To deny the cloud’s presence is denial.  

It will pass. Honor it and know the bright blue, sunny sky is there always. Take your turn, breathe, reflect, write, talk and take a step forward…and keep this handy – it may help reframe what’s happening.


  • Sue Hawkes

    CEO, Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Entrepreneur

    Sue Hawkes helps CEOs and their leadership teams succeed. 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 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. Her most recent book, "Chasing Perfection- Shatter the Illusion; Minimize Self-Doubt & Maximize Success," is available now.