Category: Coaching

Adapt change grow

In the years and centuries to come, they will speak about this virus. How we individually and collectively dealt with the threat, the fear, the panic, the loss, the adjustment. We are all making history.

In the past week our brain was looking for a pattern match to what is happening currently. It couldn’t find one. Most of us have never experienced anything like this before. So you felt under threat, panic and fear. That is the most normal reaction to a threat to your survival and those you love.

One week on, and we already have established new patterns in our minds. We know the shops will not run out of food. We know we must keep 2 meters of a distance (about six and a half foot for those of you my age – I had to look it up – new learning there). We know we have a government who are working hard to help us. We know we are all in this together. There is connectedness. We know both in business and personally we must adapt, change and grow. We can get through this together. We are creating new ways of coping. We are establishing new patterns in our mind.

You can help by staying calm. You cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time. It is not possible. If you are stressed and wired up, your immune system is compromised. Your job is to STAY CALM, STAY SAFE, STAY CONNECTED. Our brains will do everything they can to keep us alive. Our survival instincts switch on in the most amazing ways.

You can focus on tummy breathing. You can limit your listening to news once a day. You can have your shopping delivered. You can use the phone to stay connected. You can use your laptop for video calls some other type of media to keep in touch with love ones. You can practice social distance (no matter how hard it is approximately 6 and a half foot!). You can use this time to think creatively about how you can change your business model and/or your life.

We have seen so many acts of kindness in the past week. You are more resilient than you think you are. You have an amazing powerful sub conscious mind that can be used to help you right now. I am reminded of that quote “this too shall pass”. Perhaps even reciting that to yourself is setting up a pattern in your mind of focusing on what is positive even in these challenging times.

What have you done in the past week to stay safe? How have you helped others stay safe? How can you ramp that up this week?

We have all experienced our safety and connection being threatened, but, we can stay safe, practice staying safe, we can stay connected and our brain will build new patterns of coping, new strategies to rebuild our business and personal lives in a new way. We can adapt, change and grow.

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Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air

The dark hours and dark skies of winter are lifting. Springtime is in the air.

Little by little the early morning shines more light. It warms your heart to sense the changing season. The evening light stretches later and later as daffodils begin to peep out.You can almost see them dancing with delight and swaying in the air.

Springtime is symbolic of planting seeds, nourishing the soil, weeding back all of winter’s harshness. It is a time of newness – growth – colour and being alive. Springtime can be a great metaphor for life. It can be a time for you to spring into action, take off that heavy winter coat and look to nature for inspiration.

Perhaps think about sowing seeds of personal growth. Set yourself new goals to achieve. Nurture what you really want. Feed the talents and skills you already have, that perhaps have been neglected.

Perhaps it’s now time to deal with those weeds. The weeds of anxiety. The weeds of stress. The weeds of panic. You can work on getting rid of the weeds bit by bit, and free up all that space in your mind. You can begin to sow new ideas. Nurturing, tending to what you really want. Get rid of the old stuff and take a leaf from springtime. Turn those ideas into goals, make them realistic, make them possible, make them fair to your way of being and your values. Let them buzz you up with excitement, energy and fulfilment.

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