Tips to Help you in Lockdown 3.0
We’re now in the second week of 2021 and let’s face it, this year has not started in the way any of us would have wanted. I was speaking to a client following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the third national lockdown who said that it felt to them as though we were entering a ground hog day situation. Working from home, home schooling, only being able to leave your house for exercise, and not being able to see family and friends certainly takes its toll. However, if the events of the last year have taught us anything it’s the resilience and resolve that business owners have and their sheer determination to get through the situation.
With this in mind I’m going to use this blog post to help you refocus your energies and help you to show grace under fire no matter what happens. Showing grace in difficult situations is about staying calm and acting responsibly, to help you with this I’d like to offer readers of this article a Free 1 Hour coaching session to help you focus – after all a problem shared is a problem solved. To Claim your Coaching Session click here.
My 7 to tips to help business owners under pressure are as follows:-
- Lead By Example – your employees and colleagues are going to look to you for leadership during this time. Responding calmly and in a mature way instills confidence in those around you, and enables everyone to feel as though the situation can be got through. Whilst we might not know exactly when Lockdown 3.0 will end, we can take comfort from the knowledge that we got through Lockdown 1.0 in March last year and there are certain to be strategies that you can use again to help you and your team.
- Take A Breath – when you feel your stress levels rise it’s really important to remember to breath. Taking a few minutes away from your desk and simply focusing on your breathing can help you feel calmer and more focused. Get out in nature for a walk, go for a run or a bike ride, exercising particularly during periods of stress can really help you to feel calmer.
- Remember a Role Model – think of someone you look up to or admire who has come through difficult times. How did they act when things got tough, take them as your inspiration and model your actions on them.
- Think Positively – instead of reacting negatively to a high pressure situation embrace it. Telling yourself that you CAN do it, that you WILL get through this, have the SELF BELIEF that you can do it. If you need help with this then my blog post on the Identity Iceberg will be of interest.
- Be Proactive – taking action in challenging times will help you to feel more in control. How can your team help solve the problem? Why not speak to a mentor or coach and brainstorm a solution. If you’ve had to shelve plans because of the current lockdown, start planning ahead for when you can implement them, get all your marketing sorted, start telling key customers or using social media to tease people with your new offer. That way you’ll already have a pipeline of customers when lockdown is released.
- Focus on the Bigger Picture – At times of stress it’s very easy to over think things and start to look at what might happen in the future. Focusing on the immediate problem and dealing with it will help you to put everything into perspective. The national Lockdown will end, you just have to get through the next few weeks in the best possible way safe in the knowledge that things will get better.
- Visualize Something Positive – if it all feels too much then remember that visualization can help. Close your eyes and think of something positive. It could be your family, a favourite place, or maybe a planned holiday. They can also be used to help you positively affirm your abilities.
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