I think we can all agree globally, that the past couple of weeks and months have been full of chaos. There is an enormous amount of people who have and are experiencing isolation, uncertainty, worry, panic, anxiety, loneliness, upset and grief.
Before, I go any further I want to take the opportunity to thank EVERY single health care worker who is on the front line, helping people and fighting against the current situation every single day! With out these people, the situation would undoubtedly be uncontrollable. From the bottom of my heart I am truly grateful to every doctor, nurse, researcher, care worker, delivery driver, grocery supplier, police, firefighter, paramedics etc for all the hard work and dedication you have shown! You really are HERO’S!
Whether we wanted it to happen or not, we cannot deny the fact that life has changed. I am a true believer of things happen for a reason. I cannot give a reason as to why this has happened to us and nor can I say I agree with it. However, I do believe that when something as devastating like this, happens it’s for a reason and good things will come from it when it is over! I don’t know what will come of it, but I truly believe it will bring our nations together and only good can come of that! I have no-way of predicting the future, but I believe whatever happens some good will come out of it.
Unfortunately, this has given us evidence that we cannot control nature and what nature throws at us. During times like this, we need to look at what it is we can control though. Ultimately, we can control how we respond to this situation.
The next couple of weeks or months are going to have huge impacts on our way of life. Life as we know/knew it will change forever, there is no denying that. If we respond to this situation in a positive way and search for the opportunities, then life will change for the better.
So, I want you for a couple of moments ask yourself these questions;
· How do I really want to live?
· Who do I want to be?
· What do I want to become?
· What do I want my future to look like?
I want you to really think about these questions because you truly have the power within you, to be whatever you desire to be. The power to be who or want you want to be is in your hands.
While you think about those questions, here are a couple of suggestions that will help you through this uncertain time.
It is important that during this period of time we listen to the advice we are given by scientists, health officials and governments to ensure we are taking the right steps to do our part in this global challenge. However, I would advise you to only listen to this for a couple of minutes a day. Do not get sucked into the media spree on this, just listen to the advice, turn it off and act on it. To ensure you are protecting yourself and others around you.
Then, turn your focus on to you! Take this time to take care of yourself, when answering the questions from earlier use this time to really look inwards and deep inside yourself to answer them.
Practice gratitude every single day, visualise a healthy world, focus on the good of what you already have in life and the good of what can be or is to come. What are you thankful for?
This is a big one! I cannot empathise this point enough as it is so important! Use your extra time now to study! Personal development start thinking from the inside out. Study YOU more and more to improve, develop and grow into the person you truly want to be. Ask yourself, Who am I? What drives me? What’s my purpose? It is unlikely we will get this opportunity again to have the time to focus on ourselves, don’t waste it.
The steps you take now are what is going to determine how we get through this.
In times like this, it is critical you don’t settle, it’s not a time to settle. It is inevitable that what is happening today around the world is going to change the way we all live, our society, our habits etc. Use this opportunity to think, then you can plant new seeds in a changing world, implement creative ideas, act in the face of fear and strive for success. Build new foundation and be the lead of a changing era.
Back in 1665, the plague was sweeping across the nation. They certainly didn’t have the technology we have now nor the science and medical knowledge. We are in a better position today then ever before due to people’s ideas and innovation to help others.
Sir Isaac Newton had to work from home due to Cambridge University temporarily closing because of the situation. He later stated that during this period it was the most productive time of his life. He seen an opportunity to use this time to develop his theories on calculus, optics and gravity.
So, what are you going to do with the extra time you have now?
THINK – Use this time of isolation and social distancing to change your life! Don’t let this opportunity go to waste.
Scott Cowan - CEO & Founder of Snapshot Coaching