I keep hearing different phrases, metaphors, and analogies about our current situation- that we are, in fact, sharing with our global community.
"We are all in the same boat"
"Nope, not the same boat, but the same storm"
I'm not sure if its a boat or a storm...but what feels true is that there are many people in positions of leadership around the world and in our neighborhoods who are trying to find the pathway to lead through chaos.
Some are creating more chaos as their strategies emerge and some are creating more of a shared vision of stability.
For some businesses and organizations, their strategy to stabilize may include having to lay people off....which creates a different kind of chaos in our communities.
For some people, stabilizing now means going deeper into debt or asking for help in order to keep people employed or their family fed.
For others, it means tapping into savings and reserves.
There is not a right or wrong way to handle these situations....and there is no guarantee that your strategy will create the stability you hope for.
So, what CAN you do to create more stability as you lead your family, colleagues, or community through chaos?
1. Get a clear mental picture of the outcome or results you are looking for. If you are not clear where you want to go....then it will be hard to know when you are on track.
2. Manage your mindset. If you are feeling chaotic....then your actions will be chaotic. Remember that there is a big difference between a circumstance (fact) and your thoughts or beliefs about it. It is crucial to keep questioning your thoughts and challenging yourself to believe more in your vision than your fear.
3. Find your anchor. What was true for you before this pandemic and what will remain true after it is over? What are your key belief systems that anchor you in the faith that you will be able to navigate this storm?
For me, I keep coming back to some simple truths and values that I will do the best I can with what I have, I will try to focus on what I can change (rather than trying to change others), I will aim to do no harm, and I will forgive myself when I fall short and try to learn from my mistakes.
How about you?
What anchors you?
You've got this.
We are in this together.