Now that the initial fear of health risks are somewhat addressed – by staying at home – the next fear surfaces: losing your work and income. This one, arguably, is worse. It impacts your livelihood: your ability to provide a living for yourself, and, more importantly, your loved ones. Taking that sense of security away can be scary.
If you’ve read my Happiness book, you know I haven’t worked in traditional, full-time employment for quite some time now. I value my sense of independence, and have reverse-engineered my life around that principle of freedom in a meaningful way to me. That being said, there are some clients I work more “intimately” for than others. I’ll be honest: When I knew I was going to lose a major client in the midst of the Covid19 crisis, I lost some sleep for a while.
When the faithful day was there and my contract ended, I wasn’t sure what was next. Losing a contract is nothing I haven’t dealt with before – but it’s always a bit of a traumatic experience. While most of my clients stay with me for quite some time, they all come and go sooner or later. It’s mostly a natural progression: when you’ve taken a project as far as you can, it’s time for all parties to move on. That’s why I don’t do long-term commitments or complicated contracts for my online courses.
Long story short: here are the 5 areas I focused on the next few days:
1. Take A Deep Breath
I wrote a “note to self” about Taking A Moment To Yourself the other day. Our life is on hold right now. So we can catch our breath. And maybe that’s a good thing. First, I ordered myself some nice flowers. It’s strange to celebrate anything good in a difficult time – but you should do so anyway. Celebrate and be proud of yourself. To help with doing something good for yourself: It’s amazing how much you can get delivered these days.
Then, I took some time off to enjoy myself, a good glass of wine, and relax. My beach vacations to the Bahamas may suggest otherwise, but relaxing is not something I’m naturally good at. I get bored (very) easily and after I spend an afternoon re-arranging fridge magnets (fridge magnets are the original Instagram), I decided it was time to get back to work.
What am I going to do next?
2. Decide What Matters Most
These are challenging times for everyone, but we’re all in this together. In one of my first posts about the Coronavirus crisis, I wrote:
“In a way, being stuck at home, everything in my daily routine has been removed. A vacuum has been created that wants to be refilled. So once this covid19 crisis is over, what pieces of life are we moving back in, and which one will be left on the side forever? Let’s make some plans.”
Being a natural introvert, being stuck at home isn’t something I struggled with all that much. Being “safe” at home, is a more appropriate way to describe it for me. I’m mostly fine and at peace with it.
At the same time, I’ve compared the current situation to an extended multi-week meditation session. For a while, I wasn’t sure the answers I was getting in my meditation were the ones I was looking for. I was tired of being told what to do, living up to expectations everybody else had for me. It may sound selfish, and without being insensitive to the immense global health impact of this crisis, I think we’ll come out better at the other end if we allow our lives to be emptied out for a while.
From there, we for sure won’t be able to go back to “normal”. I’m becoming more and more convinced that “normal” was anything but normal. It’s time to rebuild the “new normal”.
3. Get Future Focused
I’m glad I had my community of Liberty Training Academy students to fall back on. I’ve since upgraded the levels of support for everyone to add additional content, and helped people work on what matters most to them, now.
I’m still doing daily webinar training events to offer free education to everyone who’s interested in doing something different. I’m passionate about teaching, training, and sharing stories. I love working with authors, coaches and experts to build their brand to become a #1 industry influencer and increase their impact. To increase my impact, I also actively reached out to some key people in my network to ask a simple question: “How can I help?”
4. Design The New Normal
Looking for what’s next? Why not take a moment to yourself? And a deep breath, right now? [insert breath here] Take a moment and do something good for yourself, and meaningful to the world, today. Let’s get future-focused and plan what’s next for you. Eventually, borders will re-open, travel plans will resume, and we’ll all come out of this isolation. Meanwhile – What are you going to do that’ll help shape our new world, your reality, for the good of everyone concerned in your life, business and career goals?
5. Find The Next Step And Take Action
Maybe the universe doesn’t send signs. What if you are the one that sends signs, and the universe just listens and responds to whatever signal you are sending out. Why are we sometimes waiting for a sign when maybe we’re not supposed to be waiting – but instead send out an intention as to what’s next for us?
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