There is a lot of talk about moving from lockdown to the new standard, but what does that mean and is it something we want?
When we think about the definition of the word "normal", it is about meeting a standard that is common, typical or expected … a kind of status quo. While there are some areas where this may be desirable, such as a routine trip to the dentist or the opportunity to eat your favorite food at your regular meeting point. Isn't an entrepreneur's attraction to be free from these restrictions? Would you rather write your own guidelines and be a predictive anomaly?
Instead of thinking about getting out of the lockdown and getting into a normal status quo, this may be a time to use the current system outage as an invitation to rewrite a far better approach. An approach that you wrote for you and for a far better world. Of course there will be inevitable limitations and problems; It is what we do when we face them that makes the difference.
Without a doubt, we have all gone through and continue to go through different degrees of change and adjustment. There are always changes and adjustments. Maybe not quite in the scale of the present time, but nevertheless continuously.
The question then is: How well do you navigate in the face of change?
One thing that has undoubtedly highlighted the COVID-19 pandemic is that the classic change curve is something we all navigate in our own unique way. Most of the time, the change curve might look more like this …
No matter where you are in the change curve or what your personal journey through the change looks like, here are 3 buttons to help you navigate:
1] Manage your internal status
With so much emphasis on everything we do, the state from which we do everything is sometimes overlooked. It should not be. Learning to be calm in the eye of a storm affects every thought, word, choice, and action you take. It is the difference between knee jerk, fear-based reactivity and considered overall reactions. By managing your internal state, you can solve problems through expanded awareness and thinking. It enables you to remain resilient and adaptable.
If you don't have regular mindfulness, meditation, or breathing exercises yet, now may be the time to try one. Practicing for 10 minutes a day can make a difference. It can be life changing – and isn't that what we want right now? Please don't take my word for it. I firmly believe in finding out if something works for you or not by trying it out and seeing for yourself. Remember that a one-time practice here or there is unlikely to make a permanent, significant difference.
2] Navigate through challenges and problems with a solution-oriented mindset
That sounds obvious, but sometimes we get stuck looking at the problem and are held up by our resistance to it being there. Challenges and problems are part of life – the way we control them makes the difference. If you're facing a challenge or problem, try this simple approach:
- Identify and accept the situation, problem or challenge as it is.
- Identify what you control and what you don't.
- Identify the solution you want to work towards.
Then focus your focus and energy on the solution and ask yourself:
- What can I do?
- What do I have to find out, learn or improve?
- Who can I ask or who do I need to speak to?
- What is the next step?
3] Effective communication
Communication is the bridge between our inner world and our outer world. It is the bridge between each other and everything we do. The quality of communication can be the cause of many breakthroughs and failures. Here are some important tips for effective communication:
✅ Think about the right medium. Is it best said or written in a face-to-face conversation, phone or video call?
✅ Become fully present and breathe.
✅ Communicate honestly, openly and respectfully … as best you can.
✅ Conduct the conversation at a suitable time and place. If necessary, reschedule a conversation. If a conversation is worthwhile, it is worthwhile to conduct it well.
✅ Establish the intention to understand and be understood. This helps to overcome the block in which there must be right / wrong and helps to find a solution. Note if your inner dialogue prevents you from not listening judgmentally. You don't have to match what you hear or read. You're just trying to understand.
Fahren Drive slowly and listen. This is particularly important for unpleasant conversations. because they can feel uncomfortable, it can be tempting to rush them, which can be an obstacle to understanding. To breathe. It is a conversation that needs to be held. So give him the time he deserves.
✅ Eliminate uncertainty by asking clarifying questions and repeating what you think you understand.
✅ Know the snack. Is there anything to do? Is a follow-up call necessary?
As you navigate the future on your own path, you should reconcile managing your inner world with everything you do and do in the outside world and know that effective communication is a skill worth learning become.
Moving in the New Normal was first published in Home Business Magazine.