None of us knows what to do right now, and that's OK. But how do we tame the fear of 'What's next?'
How are you? How are you managing these strange times?
Like you, my March and April schedules have been turned upside-down. My plan for the March newsletter was to share pictures and updates from speaking engagements and exciting Spring projects. Instead, I've been busy participating in video conferences and answering phone calls and text messages from partners and clients.
It’s not what I envisioned my March looking like, but it’s still been positive overall. I saw a social media post that stated: “I’m an optimist and events don’t change that,” and I had a visceral “Yes!” reaction to it.
I’m certainly not in denial of the severity of COVID-19 and its impact on our nation. But here’s what I want to share with you: The growth/development journey is not meant to be a straight and easy path. The more I learn about mental toughness and resiliency, the more I recognize the meaning we can find in challenging times.
In fact, challenging times even have labels. One writer calls them “hinge moments;” another, “swerving;” and yet another, “crucibles.” The business term I hear a lot is “pivot.” It doesn’t matter what you call it, but let’s give this current challenge a name.
“Name it to tame it” is a phrase coined by author and psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Siegel. It’s a simple method to acknowledge (and thus begin to manage) our mindset in challenging times. Let’s recognize that none of us has been in this place before. And while we don’t know what things will look like in a couple of weeks, we do have control over our mindset.
I want to remind you of your personal power today.