If you are like me then…wait a minute! Of course you are like me. Just like me, you are at home staying safely indoors due to the COVID-19. Boy this is something that I’m sure you all can agree that we didn’t know was coming. I tell you I’ve been walking around my house, and man I feel like we are in the Twilight Zone. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind staying indoors to recharge, refresh and regroup but that’s usually because it’s my choice. Having that choice made for me is another story.
Many of you may not know that I am a Change expert, as well as a communication and marketing professional. I like to call myself a triple threat! Okay, enough about my credentials. But I bring the Change expert part to your attention because I’ve been trained and certified to assist others on how to deal with Change. So, one would think that as a Change Professional I should be able to handle this COVID-19 crisis like a champ right? Well, let’s just say that it is a daily …mmm.. I don’t want to say struggle, but I have to push myself every day to be in the right mindset. I have to as my pastor said last week, “Feed my faith and starve my fear.” I have to do that every day.
Here’s the thing. Change is inevitable. You can’t avoid it. You can try, but you can’t. Change happens every day. It’s how you choose to deal with it. Over the last few days, I’ve had candid conversations, email exchanges and text messages where on the other side of those messages, people are fearful, uncomfortable and feeling challenged. And you know what, they are entitled to have those feelings. This is a “Change” that has disrupted the entire world. Let me say that again, the entire world! This is not an easy change to deal with. But believe me, this too shall pass and it will. We just have to be “obedient” and do everything in our power to get through this together. Change helps you grow. If you let it, it can stretch you to do mighty things. It will force you to step outside of yourself.
Let’s face it COVID-19 is a huge disruption. And what is a disruption? It’s usually something that you didn’t see coming. And it is difficult to accept. Why? Because you are uncertain of what your future state will look like. And then cue in FEAR. But you can’t let your FEAR get in the way of your future state. You have to look at this disruption as an opportunity. You see there are three stages to change:
- Current state – Where you are today with COVID-19
- The transition state- This is when you begin to process the change. Processing the COVID-19 Quarantine
- Future State – Where the change requires you to be. This the outcome of COVID-19
Most of us should be somewhere in between the current state and transition state. Meaning, you have accepted what’s happening and now you are dealing with a bunch of emotions because your life and the way it used to look has now transitioned and morphed into something else. Something, that you may not feel comfortable with. You may be uncomfortable with how things look now because perhaps they are a bit messy, disorganized, less productive and you are emotionally charged. I do get that. But during this transition state, you have the power to control your messiness, your disorganization, your non-productiveness and your feelings. You do…for real. You can use this time to pour into yourself, pour into your family/friends, pour into your work. Basically, take this time to invest in yourself – whatever that means to you. But you have time to do that. You can come out of COVID-19 with an entire new outlook on life and I bet you will be surprised the lessons that you learned during this time. You still not convinced? Okay, well here you go. Here are some tips to help you manage this change:
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Be optimistic Maintain a good attitude regardless of what changes are going on
- Your new situation might not be perfect. Find ways that you can best leverage your skills, experiences and network to maximize your situation in the midst of change
- Being negative is not good for you or the people around you. If you have a negative attitude, your family and friends will notice (this includes your social media followers) We have to lift each other up with positive vibes.
- Recognize that change is constant
- Adopt an attitude of anticipation and excitement. See the change as an opportunity. Be an influencer and driver of change – that way you feel empowered.
- Accept that change is a reality. Change happens whether you like it or not.
- Change is good. Change prevents you from getting bored in your current situation and challenges you. If you aren’t challenged, you don’t grow.
- Acknowledge the change. Recognizing and accepting change is one of the first steps towards managing it.
- Take the time to learn some new skills
- You are naturally forced to learn new skills. Were you interested in getting a certification? What about writing that book or blog? Starting that online business? It’s your time to do all of that.
- Make a list of new skills that you’ve always wanted. Use this time to work on and develop these new skill sets.
- For each new skill, give yourself a deadline to master it so that you can quickly become an expert and increase your knowledge and value.
- Communication is key
- Take the time to reach out to family and friends. Call them, text them or utilize FaceTime, DUO or Zoom to connect with them on camera.
- Don’t allow yourself to get lonely. Connection is key and it does help- especially if you live alone.
Well, I hope that I was able to help you all out during the COVID-19. Keep the faith, stay in prayer and remember God’s got this. We just need to be obedient. And more importantly….stay home!!!!