As many people have left to their countryside homes, there is still much internal work to do to stay productive. Enclosed are five discussion points worth reflecting on during this time.
1) Self Care 101, 201 & 301
Taking good care of yourself is essential both for your own well being and clarity of mind but also for your ability to be the rock of stability for loved ones, friends, associates and clients. They need (as well as expect) us to show up at our best to deliver with a positive mindset. This may mean spending a little more on better products or being very intentional about our day's activities in what we allow in. Every meal can be medicine in itself as a first step of preventive maintenance. Our five senses absorb everything in our environment - why not care for ourselves with meditation, protective stones, oregano oil, green juices and other solutions to find balance inside our homes?
Keep exercising each day - don't stop due to fear, confusion or overwhelm. When someone is training for a sports competition, this preparation is a training ground or a training season in the power we have to strengthen ourselves. From wines to spirits, alcohol sales have increased 26-32%. No matter what is going on outside of your home, you still have the authority to build and sustain yourself compared to falling backwards. Instagram alone offers many social influencers with active-wear lines who will deliver to your doorstep.
Many companies, founders and entrepreneurs have offered complimentary and paid webinars on "how to" handle many problems, obstacles and dilemmas. Some consultants extend complimentary webinars about 'how to advocate for your value in this new normal', how to manage crisis with a data driven approach and many other relevant topics. There are enormous positive aspects to technology that include knowledge delivery in the comfort of our homes.
There is also new awareness that is much needed with the boundaries of our smart phones, tablets, laptops and smart watches. In my conversations with doctors in the past few months, our mind's neural net is outside of our actual physical head - in other words, our thought process of electronic waves and modes can be recorded and influenced by smart devices.
These smart gadgets, depending on their programming and software, are receivers that can pick up and decode our thought processes. The brain functions like a scalar wave; it is important to know when we may be impacted by frequencies outside of our bodies. As such, I personally choose not to wear a smart watch and to keep the smart phone in another room in the risk/benefit ratio. Many people have the time now to learn about enzmes and CRISPR techology.
There are always opportunities to meet market demand because people do not stop needing, wanting or desiring things and services. With your talents, how can you make a difference in other's lives in a value exchange? Individuals step down from positions and you can offer a fresh approach, whether your company is public, private or family owned.
Or if you are an entrepreneur, you can shift one of four features of an existing offering: price, time, function and/or design. Crowdsourcing and sponsors are one way to get started if you seek to leverage other's funds for start up capital. There appears to be 21 crowdfunding websites, just in case the Shark Tank television series is booked for the season.
Social influencers can expand your offering to their engaged followers to communicate the problem your offering solves along with your business promise. Perhaps your viewpoint offers a better "unique selling proposition" that expired executive experience has not thought of in meeting today's lifestyle needs.
Unpacking the energy behind emotions is imperative to move forward without some level of trauma during a pandemic. Give your feelings a voice compared to numbing them out - your feelings can be expressed in a journal, a friend, a coach, or at least one party in your support network. Even a loyal pet counts given the division these day across a country or world.
I recently watched a series online about addiction that was enlightening - it's not just the hard core addictions that spellbind people in halting their progress and development. It is also soft addictions that people turn to, to deal with the pressures of daily life - to find relief. Individuals can become functional addicts who manage addictive habits to even small things like coffee, sugar, being right, being perfect, narcissistic relationships, etc.
The only problem with this escape is that it borrows energy from the future in the rush of neuro-chemicals. While some people find it unbearable to face the pain of living in our material and social world, the altered state lasts only so long.
It is better in the long run to face and learn the skill sets of dealing with problems. Emotional intelligence is now discussed in many books, videos, podcasts and other platforms so a person can gain the tools and skills needed to navigate their feelings, wounds and reactions.
While this pandemic caught most of us by surprise, its effects have shifted how we do business, what we talk about and what our priorities are. Some people have been more impacted than others. Yet in this time of pause, we can leverage what is around us to prepare and transform us to the next opportunity. We can also make history in this new normal through strategic alliances and sharing what we know with others in contribution.