I am sitting here at my computer in my sweat pants and cozy hoodie after listening to the news of the day. Wow, each day appears to be worse than the day before. As a coach to many who are dependant on financial stability and growth for their livelihoods, this crisis is devastating. In fact it is devastating for everyone. It looks as if there is no one anywhere that is going to be spared from the trauma and effects of the Coronavirus. We are all being called to isolate ourselves or to practice “social distancing.” However, we have never been more connected to others than at this time. Ironically, the fact that we are all in this together, does offer some sense of courage if we let it. The normal things we do to feel in control of our lives and safety no longer will work. This does not mean there is nothing to do. Reminding ourselves and others that we are not alone brings comfort. When the tornado that just hit Nashville, or the many other disasters that bring destruction to our country or to other countries, seeing the powerful outpouring from others to help is overwhelming. Every time something happens that shows us just how vulnerable and helpless we can be, the unity of others rallying around those in need is amazing. I am challenging us to remain connected even in our call to isolation. There are no quick fix answers, but knowing we do not face our fears alone is comforting and that is a powerful antibody to the feeling of panic. We will figure this out, we will survive and be better individually and as a community than we were before. Great good will come out of this. Unfortunately great change for the better only comes through pain. Did you see I used the words THROUGH pain. Through is the key word here. I wish the word was around or avoid, but no, it is through. Through is not an easy path. We are not sure of the distance, nor can we see the final destination. We just keep moving through together. That is all we have, but it is everything.
From a practical place, this is a great time to do all those things you know you should have been doing, but had no time to actually do them. Things like updating your database, preparing your marketing messages for the year, sending snail mail to 5 people a day. How about calling 10 people a day to see how they are or customizing your listing and buyer presentations, practicing net sheets and watching podcasts for insights and ideas to share. There are so many things that usually get neglected when we are busy. In fact all the things that we have been putting off, personally or professionally because they are not the “fun” part of our lives or business is just what we now have time to do. So get up, get dressed and get to work–virtually. We each have a lot to do to make a difference in our lives and in the lives of others. Call me and we will make a list together and hold each other accountable to finally get them done.