by Linda-Ann Stewart
People are feeling knocked off balance by the Covid-19
situation, the shut-down, economic chaos, and everything else that has happened
in the past few months. It’s hard to find direction, focus and to create a plan,
when you don’t know what’s going to happen next. It’s like your foundation is
gone and you’re walking on shifting sands. Unfortunately, I suspect this is probably
going to be the situation for a while.
We get used to life flowing on, smoothly, and think that’s
the way it will always be. Often, changes happen only in one or two areas of
life at a time. And, generally, there’s a warning and transition from one point
to another. But then there are times when there’s a sudden upheaval that rocks
every aspect of our lives. Losing a loved one, a natural disaster or man-made catastrophe
can alter our entire internal and external landscape. And that’s what we’re
dealing with now.
The Universe often uses these
situations to knock us out of our comfort zone. We’ve stayed too long on one
level of consciousness, or held onto people and conditions that we’ve outgrown.
The more we fight moving on, the harder the transition will be for us. The flow
of the Universe will shove us until we have to let go and allow it to take us
to a greater life.
There are those who are still resisting the reality. As a
result, they’ll have a harder time adjusting. Instead of trying to live as if
everything will go back to what they’re used to, they could use that energy to
plan for a new future. For the rest of us, the idea that we’re living in a new
reality has sunk in. But we’re still struggling to adjust to and handle our
sudden change of circumstances.
How to Get on Track
There are some strategies you can do that will help you get
back on course.
Develop a new vision
and plan. What worked a few months ago won’t work now, personally or
professionally. We had similar issues after 9/11 and the 2008 recession. Those
upheavals changed much of how we did things. This time, instead of face-to-face
contact, we’re connecting virtually. In person meetings will return, but not at
the level they were before. Virtual meetings for personal and professional
interactions are here to stay. How can you incorporate this technology, and
other changes, into your strategies?
Be flexible. Your
goals may have to be adjusted on the fly. If you try to be too strict with how
you achieve goals, you could find yourself missing your target. Conditions may
change quickly, and you’ll have to roll with them. Create a plan B and C, just
in case you have to alter course in an instant. What kind of contingency plans can you develop
to deal with your circumstances?
Learn to live with
uncertainty. It’s hard to get comfortable with this idea, because we want
to be in control. It’s normal to want stability and security. But for a while, the conditions we’ve always
depended on are going to be fluctuating. Letting go of the need for control
will give you more freedom and ability to adapt. How can you open your mind to today’s
available possibilities and opportunities?
Difficult times come and go, but with flexibility, you will
survive. Although expansion may be on hold for now, this is when you need
position yourself for future growth. As the months progress, you’re going to be
acquiring new skills, abilities, and resources. They will serve you well in the
Life is constantly changing. I now align myself with the flow of the Universe and accept that change is happening. I adjust to the shift that’s taking place, and find ways to thrive through it. Something wonderful for me emerges from this situation.
Watch the complementary video Finding Focus in Unsettled Times.
As a vision strategist, hypnotherapist, and speaker, Linda-Ann Stewart helps women entrepreneurs and small business owners who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to to get clear, focused and on the fast track to the next level of their business. To achieve a 90-day goal more easily, sign up for her FREE comprehensive Strategic Vision blueprint at www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/setyourcourse.html
. You can contact her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com or 928-600-0452.