“We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”
~ Jim Rohn
It’s Time for a Reality Check
I was talking to a client yesterday who booked an extra session to get some advice. He started with, “My business is booming. Right now I am experiencing my best month yet and, as you know, I’ve been on an exponential growth curve for the past 6 months, but every time I turn on the news my stomach tightens and I feel a crippling sense of panic about the future and I’m tempted to shut everything down.”
Let’s look at what is going on here…
- Clients are seeking him out and paying him well;
- His business growth is accelerating because the service he provides is something others need to operate in this climate;
- When he focuses on that he feels good, makes plans, and takes action;
- He turns on the news and his gut reaction is to shut everything down, lay off his staff, and hunker down.
Chris is not alone in this response to crisis and it’s not good for him, his family, his employees, or the future of our country/world!
Maybe you’re not looking at the same situation as Chris, so let’s take a moment to look at Alan. Alan has his own catering and events business, a young family, and he doesn’t (yet) qualify for any of the government support. His wife has just been laid off.
He doesn’t know exactly what he’s going to do yet, but he knows that he and his wife will figure it out.
Yes, he’s prepared for some hard times.
He knows that he’ll have to put his plans on hold and he doesn’t know what he’ll do about paying his mortgage because he doesn’t know how he’s going to make any money.
He has faced his situation, crunched the numbers, and he doesn’t see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Alan has made a choice, as he put it to me…
“We’re all in the same boat and the same storm. Panic won’t get us to shore and I can’t depend on anyone else if I don’t sit down and row as hard as I can. The solution starts with me: how I invest my time and fuel my energy is crucial.”
7 Ideas to Fuel Yourself so that you can Serve Others
If you saturate yourself with the news (much of which is highly speculative) you will be infected by despair, even if you aren’t infected with coronavirus. By all means stay informed, but be disciplined about it. Follow the directives from the government about social isolation etc. But balance any time you spend on that on things that are encouraging and productive… And that includes keeping track of your idle thoughts.
Do evil, despairing, thoughts keep the world in turmoil as some philosophers have speculated through the ages?
I’m not sure about the big picture, but I do know that as an individual, “Energy flows where attention goes.” So, if I focus on negative thoughts and emotions they can easily capture my imagination, sap my energy, and leave my exhausted and useless. That’s not who I want to be!
So here’s a practical strategy that will fuel your energy, and help you to encourage others:
- Limit your exposure to news and negativity to 15 mins per day. It doesn’t take any longer to stay informed.
- Make sure that you spend at least 4 times that amount of time (1 hour+) consuming something positive: read books, work through some of your online courses, engage in professional development. This is INPUT time to balance out that 15 minutes of news.
- Create something or do something you enjoy. Indulge your artistic bent and write, paint, sew, knit, garden etc. Play games with those in your household, build a new course for your business… Or a website or…
- Nourish your body with good food, appropriate exercise, fresh air and sunshine.
- Make time for meditation, prayer, and other forms of spiritual growth.
- Avoid bingeing on junk food for your mind or body.
- Reach out to others to encourage and serve them. Everyone is in the same boat. A quick phone call to ask how they’re doing… Just keep it positive.
How Does your Response to Chaos and Crisis Affect Your Business and You?
Here’s the thing…
How you respond to this crisis will set a precedent for how you respond to future crises. For the past few years’ things have been pretty cruisy for most of us – despite personal tragedies and challenges and concerns about climate change and social issues, we have been mostly “in control”.
It’s natural to panic when change first disrupts your life. What you do next is what matters.
The individuals and businesses who come out the other end of this best aren’t necessarily those who kept their doors open and their habits unchanged. They’re the ones who said, “I will choose to control the only 2 things that are truly mine to control: my mind and the decision about what to do with what I have today and use them to serve those around me and to grow.”
What Are You Going to Do About It?
Alan (who I talked about above) decided that he would need to expand his sales skills and get ready to pivot. He saw my Confident Closing Virtual Sales Masterclass offer and signed up for the free live option. I know that he’ll be on the calls live every day because he’s committed to emerging from this challenge stronger and better than ever before.
What about you?
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