A few years ago, when I had cancer, one of the things that helped me through that very difficult time was to regularly ask myself a couple of questions: “What am I supposed to learn from this experience?” And “What good can I take from this?”
These daily questions slowly began to offer me different answers in different areas of my life.
Today, our world is in crisis.
We are experiencing something that most of us could ever have imagined. In so many different parts of the world, people are at home. Businesses are closed and kids are not in school. Some of us are working from home, others have lost their income.
As a result, many of us are feeling anxious, worried about the well being of our loved ones, our health system, and the economy.
To top it all off, instead of seeing friends, loved ones and colleagues, we are living in cramped environments with our immediate family.
This is as good a crisis as they come!
But, as Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
Although crises bring challenges, uncertainty, and a loss of control—things we typically try to avoid—they also bring opportunity. What Churchill meant was that, even though we have no control over the uncertainty around us, we can control how we react and behave. We have control over what we start or stop doing.
Start by asking yourself:
What can I do differently today?
Are there new routines, hobbies, and conversations that I can start today? What opportunities does being at home, and having more time with my family, give me?
Then take some time to think about what is really important to you.
What are your values and what are the things that are most important to you?
Consider what is truly important to you, not the things you think should be important to you?
What are changes that you have wanted to make, but were too scared and constantly postponing?
Was it changing work? Retirement? Moving? Letting go of negative relationships?
My New Video Series
Personally, I am using this crisis to get out of my comfort zone and create short videos for you. (I feel very uncomfortable talking to myself!) My hope is that these videos will help you feel positive in your personal and professional lives and relationships, by sharing some insights and wisdom regularly on social media.
And then go even deeper:
What are your dreams? What is the legacy that you want to leave behind when you go? How do you want to be remembered? Because whatever it is, this is the time to start building that legacy—for you, for those you love and for the good of the world.
When we “never let a good crisis go to waste,” we find those hidden opportunities. And the key is to then take the steps towards making them. This is where we find our control.
I hope this helps you a bit during these challenging times. Remember that I am here for support and available to meet virtually. Contact me to schedule a time to chat.
Until then, stay well and safe.