During my 30 + years in business I have experienced a lot of ups and downs. When I first started in business I felt invincible. I knew if I worked hard, looked after my clients all would be well – failure was not an option, nor did it enter my head.
Like many of you I experienced the GFC, I was in the fashion business – wow what a massive halt to trading that was!!! – the department stores flooded the market with cheap goods just when I was receiving all my stock from Europe and every client I called at the time said they weren’t buying.
After a massive panic and then coming up for air, I realised I had to do something different or lose everything. I had a lot of knowledge and a big retail space so I looked for a positive and started running workshops on Personal Branding and that was the beginning of my survival. It was such a valuable lesson for me – change the way you do things. Chase the positives and focus on what you can do to make a difference.
While working with my clients these last few weeks, the focus has been keeping safe, doing the right thing and looking for the gold nugget in this current situation. Not easy to begin with, because we are wired for danger and we go into fight or flight – our brains go into overdrive to keep us safe and we can’t think clearly.
After a coming out of my own crisis and getting to a place where I could think clearly, I wanted to write and share some of my thoughts with you:
One of the most important things to remember is that you still have control. You have control of your attitude the choices you make each day. Set small goals and be mindful of your habits. You can create routine and become intentional about what you will do each day. We can all remain proactive and productive.
This is not the time to sit on the couch and focus on the fear and the worry– it’s tough but it’s also a gift of time.
Can you think of all those things that you have said over the years that “when I have time I will……”
- Go for a walk each morning
- Learn to cook healthy meals
- Read a great book
- Learn a new skill
- Do some personal development
What is it that will help you get ready for when we come through the other side of this situation? Who will you be when it’s over?
Will you be filled with regret or are you going to be the person that continues to work on what they want and grab this opportunity which is before you?
I want to challenge you, to choose the latter …
This is a challenge for me too – as I haven’t done this before either.
Here are a few things to help you though.
• Build a routine around your day. Watch this
• Plan your meals for the week look at Lee Holmes here
• See if you can plan to shop once a fortnight
• Check out Hello Fresh here
• Live with intention watch this.