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 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 me navigate change and can teach us to be more adaptable when living in a different reality.
1. A Sense of Humor
A very hard thing to do with job, financial and impending hardships. This virus is serious. There is no funny in the impact it has had. But you can take some time to find humor with the toilet paper hoarders, the endless videos being shared on your social sites and make your own video. Just this week I started Insta-Storying my dating life. And I cannot believe the response. (Find me @elizontgego). I mean garage dating, car rides to unknown places, dinner dates in. The stories are endless.
2. Get Up & Do Something
Daily, no matter your mood do something. For almost two 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.
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.
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.
5. Learn Your Trade & Your Business
When the gates are open and we all go back to our routines and business go back equipped with more and better. Why? Because with all this time we have the greatest opportunity for self-education. We have this wonderful opportunity to improve our skills, learn new skills become more valuable to the jobs we have.
Just last week I did something that it completely out of my comfort level. I decided I was going to learn how to make that call to a potential client with the hope of securing new business. Sounds silly but in my consulting business I have always worked on a referral basis. In the past six month I am doing more of the “behind the screen” kind of search for additional work. You know, answer an ad, send a resume, and no human to human contact. I challenged myself to actually reach out to real people, not just a web address and it’s scary. This was out of my comfort zone. I found a small business that I thought I could help. I was in fact hired, and this is why I add this into today’s post. Learn your trade and business and practice new things. If you need help with getting your business in order be sure to send me a message.
What is your story going to be when we are all on the other side of the Coronavirus. We can all do things to improve our daily living in this different reality. I pray those reading this are well and good.