“Fear? Worry? Anxiety? It’s a really good time right now to come up with a plan to learn to something you’ve never done before!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Was it only a week? It seems like a lifetime!
A week ago I was busy with the final stages of the home broadcast studio, working to ensure I was ready it’s for the next wave of corporate leadership insight.
I’m ready. The world is not……
And I’ve noticed my message quickly shifting as the shock and awe of the last several days sends us into the various stages of cirumstantial grief. Like you, it’s been one hell of a thing to manage in terms of emotional range.
Here’s the thing – it’s pretty important to have a plan to manage any potential anxiety, worry, fear, concern, stress. It’s obviously going to be quite the process as we go through this ‘thing,’ and it might take a long time to come out the ‘other side.’
With that in mind, what’s your plan to have a plan for YOU?
Post 9-11, I had a similar experience. Already an established speaker, I found that business dramatically dried up as conferences and events were suddenly cancelled. The double whammy was the topic I was focused on – the digital world and the Internet – was suddenly not-so-hot as a result of the dot.com collapse.
What to do? What to do?
In that vacuum, my wife and I decided that we should take up the sport of skiing. We had no idea what we were doing; we had no gear; we had no idea where to start.
So we joined a local private ski club and dove in, eyes wide open.
Twenty years later, we’re still at it – and both my sons in their mid—20’s – as well as their respective girlfriends, join us most weekends. In fact, we’ll go up again in a few hours for perhaps one of the last weekends of the winter.
It proved to be a huge mental diversion – rather than sitting around obsessing over the latest news, we had a plan (despite our long odds of success!)
From this moment, think about something you’ve always wanted to do but never have gotten around to. Develop a list. Go through it. Focus on one. Develop a plan.
It just might save you.