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Life interrupted. We are all experiencing something unique during this social distancing time. Many are grieving the loss of loved ones. Others are supporting friends through their loss. And most are struggling to maintain a focus on what comes next.
There is no doubt that we all have unique situations especially when it comes to our lives and careers. There are jobs that are in high demand; but most jobs are in a suspended mode or now non-existent. Our nation, and the world for that matter, are experiencing a type of trauma that has only been seen by a very few who are now Centurions. The challenges are new and they’re real to us all. Where does that leave us and what do we do next?
Choosing our next steps are very important and will make a difference in our lives for years to come. Most people will ride the storm and wait to see how things pan out for themselves. Some will embrace the opportunity to determine their future. I want this. I want to embrace this time of change by creating new opportunity for me, my family, friends, coworkers and my community. Looking at the pandemic in a positive light I see immense opportunity to refocus, work hard, work smart, and build for the future.
Our current situation is rare and may never come again in our lifetime. I am certain that most, if not all would agree, that is a good thing. COVID-19 is scary and burdening. Focusing too much on this will bring fear, anxiety, sadness and even depression. However, directing your thoughts, emotions, passions, experiences and time toward a positive outlook will begin to renew your mind, bring hope and develop opportunity for optimistic change.
Seize this moment. Find new ways to connect with your family. Rebuild and/or strengthen your relationships. Find God. Or grow your relationship with Him. Work on your marriage or relationships with your children. If you’re single, reach out to family and friends for support. And find new opportunities to rebuild you.
Discover ways to advance yourself. You may have a couple of months to highly focus on yourself especially if you were recently laid off or furloughed. Find education toward a future goal that you’ve desired “but didn’t have the time.” Or prepare to open a new business – what greater time of need when so many businesses had to close? If you plan and organize now you will be ready to open when your community needs your product or services most.
Whatever you choose to do please make it positive for yourself, your family and your community. Think of others as you work on yourself. And drive a stake in the ground on what you’ve learned so that when life gets back to the “new normal” you will not forget the great things you implemented. Apply yourself now so that you continue to reap the incredible benefits well into your future.