Yesterday I was talking to a friend about their status on whatsapp, expressing their fear about their financial situation. Someone else had responded to their status and told them “not to worry, relax and the wind will change”.
They may truly be that fluid for whatever reason. It is true, this too shall pass.
However, fear can come in many disguises and I am noticing a lot of people are in paralysis or they are disguising their fear with false optimism.
“There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, ‘Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,’ and an optimist who says, ‘Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine any way.’ Either way, nothing happens.”
— Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia
We can either decide to hide away and wait for this to pass or we ask can, “given that we are here, what do I want to create?”
As the good old saying goes – “where attention goes, energy flows”.
Focusing on what we want to do, what we want to achieve and create.
If you are in paralysis, defining your fears might be more important than defining your goals. Tim Ferris’s step by step process on fear setting, which gently takes you from your fear to focusing on the benefits of more probable outcomes. https://tim.blog/2017/05/15/fear-setting/
“If it scares me, there’s magic on the other side” “Most fear is a signal of where to go, but we actually look at it as a signal of where not to go” – Kamal Ravikant
Whichever way serves us right now to moves us from victim to creator. It doesn’t change the current situation, but it does create movement and focus in on what we want to create.
A great question that we can ask right now is: - where can we add value, what do your clients really want or need right now?
Talking to customers and clients – communicating with them give us new ideas and directions on how we can pivot our businesses to serve their needs.
Reaching out to others and being a connector or bridge builder with resources, ideas, and opportunities from where we are to where we are all going will help us get through this easier and faster.