They’re then able to form realistic expectations of what lies ahead. They introspect: They examine their own values, strengths and weaknesses.

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I saw this really interesting post on Expatica France, written by Maria Foley. On Monday I presented my interpretation of Stephen Covey’s seven habits as seen through the lens of expatriation. They prepare: They take the time to study the new culture before they get on the plane, and get a head start on learning the local language.

Since my re-entry into the US since September 2012, I realize increasingly that I’m a better person for having lived abroad several years in France. What other habits do you find helpful in adapting to and succeeding at expatriate life? Here, then, are seven of the habits cultivated by highly effective expats: 1.

Either by reading, talking to other expats, or taking cross-cultural training, they develop an understanding of culture shock, learn how to recognise its symptoms and how to manage them.

They make a point of surrounding themselves with positive people, limiting exposure to the bitter and the bigoted expats. They bend: They consciously adapt their behaviour to meet local norms. Effective expats know that life has its ups and downs, no matter where you live.

They’re flexible, but they know where to draw the line so they don’t compromise their values. They take (reasonable) risks: They try new foods, activities, and experiences. They maintain a sense of curiosity and wonder that keeps them engaged in the here and now. While they’re grateful for the chance to swim in a different pool, they know it comes at a cost.And yet they accept the downside as the price they pay for the richness and texture of expatriate life. Maria Foley is a Canadian who lived and raised a family as an expat for many years.If you are considering moving to Spain or are soon to depart, you can find helpful information and advice in the Expat Briefing dedicated Spain section including; details of immigration and visas, Spanish forums, Spanish event listings and service providers in Spain.From your safety to shopping, living in Spain can yield great benefits as well as occasional drawbacks.Find your feet and stay abreast of the latest developments affecting expats in Spain with relevant news and up-to-date information.Working in Spain can be rewarding as well as stressful, if you don't plan ahead and fulfill any legal requirements.