How are you?
I ask because this past year or so has been the most challenging many of us have ever experienced, and we now appear to be at the start line for a 'new normal': whatever normal means.
But before we all dash off to get back to our normal, can I ask you this: is what you consider to be a desirable normal worthy of being rushed back to? Is the juice worth the squeeze? Is the end result worth having? Was your old normal the stuff of dreams and legend? Because if it wasn't, this may be a wonderful reset opportunity for you.
Sometimes A Catastrophe Is Simply A Course Correction
Whilst it's true you can't undo yesterday's journey, you can course correct at any point during any day. All you have to do is decide. Misteaks happen [did you see what I did there?]. Bad choices are made every day. Life shifts hit the fan for all of us at some point or another, but you know what? The world continues to revolve on its axis. These fubar's (e.g.: the pandemic) can be valuable learning and strengthening mechanisms - if we recognise them as such. So, if your past juice was just not worth the squeeze, now is the time to change something. Now is the time to course correct. If we've learnt nothing else from the pandemic, it's that life really is too short to travel along paths we're not truly suited for.
If Not Now, When?
It's easy not to, isn't it? It's easy to put things off until some mythical and unspecified point in time. But such procrastination is the inert, unthinking and disengaged blackhole where goals and dreams go to wither and die. So if you're not going to course correct right now - as in once you've finished reading this kick arse blog - then when are you going to? Don't forget that vague goals produce vague results. And have you made similar "I'll do that later" promises to yourself in the past? Hmmm. And how did that work out for you? Were you true to your word?
Procrastination is the disease of the poor, and when I say poor I'm not just referring to the financially strapped; I'm referring to the time poor, the results poor and the joy poor too. Some dither for fear of making mistakes, or being seen, or daring to love, or try, or even to succeed. But this is the stuff that life is made of. In my personal experience, some of the howlers I've made have themselves led to unforeseen opportunities - like I had to klutz it up to unlock the very door opportunity was knocking on. For sure it was more luck than judgement on my part, but so what? Had I been hypersensitive to 'failure' [there is no failure, only learning BTW] I'd have never got to where I needed to be.
I'm not suggesting you disregard your safety, financial security or mental wellbeing on some gung-ho risk-it-for-a-biscuit unguided mission. Of course you should tend to your due diligence and seek professional advice wherever necessary - but you can still be changing the fruits of your labours at the same time. This is not a zero sum game.
What do you need to do - what do you need to change - to make the juice worth the squeeze going forward? I'm here if you need some help unravelling your thoughts, or goal setting... whatever - just click one of the links below to contact me. In the meantime however I wish you the new normal you'd wish for yourself, and more: good luck!