Right now people are experiencing different levels of panic causing overwhelm. Things like, what’s next, how will I survive this financially, will I be able to keep my business going when this is over, how will my staff cope on less money and what should I do right now, are amongst the things circling around in their head.
It is important to realise you can only control what you can control, so decisions and thoughts must come from that stand point.
This means living in the now. Not the past where there is plenty of coulda, woulda, shoulda and not the future as you don’t know what will look like… but now.
When faced with a problem it is important to remember that you can only do what you can do. By pin pointing your biggest fear, worry or problem, you are able to focus on the real issue which is really the best place for you to start.
Often things start to pile up in our heads resulting in us seeing things worse than they are. When you pin point your biggest concern you will be able to see what it really is and prepare for you next move.
By trying to ignore the problem, putting your head in the sand and doing nothing, your head still contains it. It won’t go away and it will limit your thinking capacity and decision making abilities. When you are holding a problem in your head, it is similar to trying to relax on the couch after a long day at work and somebody constantly knocking on your door. You are continuously disrupted and therefore can’t relax. That is what’s happens in your head when you are holding a problem. In order to succeed your desire for success should be greater that your fear of failure.
Remember too, that doing nothing is also a decision. It is usually the easiest and most often the worst. Unless it is a conscious decision to hold off any action, with a plan to revisit the problem within a specific timeframe.
Once you’ve pinpointed your problem you then list the options you have. By doing it this way you will come up with a few potential solutions you may not have thought of. Brain dumping, white boarding, listing them on paper, whatever works for you. It’s important to get it out of you head and look at it. It might even be a great way to come up with a pivot, a way to change the way you do business as the current way of doing business isn’t working.
From this stand point you then choose the best solution for you right now. In times of uncertainty, it is the ‘Right Now Decisions’ that we have to use. The next important step in this equation is to revisit it in a week. By revisiting your decision in a week you can repeat the process and you will feel like you have more control and you will feel relief. Then let it go and breathe.
It’s as easy as 1,2,3,4,5.
1. If you are struggling with head noise, think about what your biggest problem is.
2. Identify it, then write down.
3. Next list all of the possible solutions, and then choose the best one for you right now.
4. Breathe and go with your plan.
5. Revisit it in a week’s time and repeat the process.
I work as a property, business and life coach. My approach is simple solutions with small steps. If you would like a free 30 min chat about your options reach out.