Nobody likes crisis. It’s full of questions we can’t answer, and issues we can’t control.

You’ve probably heard the expression “some days you’re the pigeon and other days you’re the statue.” Well, during crisis we’re all the statue.

But the issue isn’t “have we been knocked down?” The issue is “do we stay down, or are we going to get back up?”

 

Remember, we have choices.

When times are tough, we don’t have to stay discouraged.

We can ask “what good can I do? What can I learn?” We can spread a message of positive application and hope.

When life as we know it has been flipped upside down in our work lives AND our home lives, the best way to get a handle on things is to focus on what we can control.

 

Choose to live intentionally.

Make thoughtful decisions that actively align with your purpose in life. Don’t let this crisis keep you stuck in a rut.

Getting your personal headspace in order can give you clarity in your professional environment.

I challenge you to be one of the few to take a bad experience and turn it into a better one.

 

So, how do you do that?

You have to be intentional in five things:

  • In your personal time.

What will you do in your personal time to make things better? (e.g., read books, exercise)

  • In your family time.

You’re having more family time than ever before. What will you do with your family? (e.g., watch a movie together, go for walks)

  • In your catch-up time.

What things are you going to catch up on? Things you’ve been putting off. (e.g., cleaning your closet)

  • In your adding-value time.

How will you add value to others during this time? Every day write down one person you can reach out to. Simply call them to check in and give some encouragement. You’ll be surprised how much it helps you AND them.

  • In your thinking time.

Put yourself on a positive grid. Take time to consider questions like “how will this crisis make me better? How will I use this crisis to help other people? What actions will I take that will improve my situation?”

 

Success comes to those who TRY.

When you act intentionally in these areas, you’re bound to feel happier. You’re clearing out the negative clutter in your life and making room for success. Problems will begin to feel more surmountable.

I am reminded of the quote often attributed to Albert Schweitzer, “success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.”

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