This is a time in history when we are all living a different reality.
How are we doing? Something I have personally learned is that I have raised five children who are adaptable. As I watch them evaluate their jobs, their finances, and how they are using this time I am simply amazed.
I was told many years ago that adaptable people are successful people. Think of the young entrepreneur who is wearing multiple hats and learning to adapt of the ebbs and flows of business. Running your own business has so many highs and lows and everyday is a challenge where adapting to different realities is part of the job. You prove to yourself every day your true strength.
A different reality has had me looking to my future and defining more of what is most important. I am also daily taking the steps to make this as manageable and enjoyable as possible. This is not just a different reality this is a crisis.
The Coronavirus has paralyzed our country. We are living in a state of unknowns for out future. Unknowns for our jobs, our families, our favorite restaurants, our social events and guess what? We are ALL an adaptable species.
Our adversities draw us into our support systems, strengthen our family bonds and have all of us reaching into parts of our DNA we did not know existed.
Here are three, maybe four or five, ways that help navigate change and can teach us to be more adaptable when living in a different reality.
1. A Sense of Humor
No this is not funny as in joke telling haha’s. Let’s face it the big reveal is underway. Those blond highlights are a ticking bomb of growth. Have a sense of humor. That dropped cut GQ hair is going places. And it’s a good think we are not heading into work wearing our designer finest because the cleaners are closed, too. Just look at your circumstances, breath and remember that you are not alone. We are in this together.
2. Get Up & Do Something
Daily, no matter your mood do something. For almost weeks quarantined with my boyfriend. I try to get outside, get 10k steps in, take a walk, ride a bike, reading a book and planning meals and trying new recipes. Honestly I want to impress my man with my mad cooking skills. One night, with two new recipes, I bombed but failure is not trying. Try doing something new. Surprise your family or those you are quarantined with by doing. Creat something even if it’s a flop.
3. Reach Out And Encourage Someone
There is someone who may need your call, your text, your email message of encouragement. No matter the condition of your new and different reality there is one common thread. We are all graveling with the same. Make that call. Make it a daily habit of your new reality. I am using up years of stationary thanking my friends for being there, thanking former clients.
4. Zero Expectations
One day at a time. We are all in this together. Try to work together with zero expectations. This will add a surprise to your day as it unfolds. There is no real way any of us know how to navigate. Not your bosses, not your family members and not your friends. Be an example of doing the best, and be surprised.
May we all look back, in years to come, and be able to say, “I became the best version of myself, learned new strengths from within and am better for it.
Stay cool!! Elizabeth