Many of us face what may seem like an insurmountable challenge with regards to the current business climate.
I’ve lost count of the amount of conversations had and posts read on social media platforms about diary dates and verbally agreed orders that have disappeared into thin air.
With all the chaos and uncertainty faced at this current time it would be very easy to consider the World as a very dark place with negativity at every turn.
Last night on a return from my new routine daily late night walk I stopped to witness the most stunning colours of the sunset reflected perfectly in the still waters of the dock a few meters from my home. It was a great reminder that there is beauty in the world….we just have to stop and reflect for a while to view it.
The peace and quiet was shattered by a pebble thrown into the waters by a young boy out walking with his parents. The waters that a few moments before were as still as a mill pond, were now in countless ripples radiating out from the source of the invasive pebble.
It got me thinking and reminded me of a quote by the Dalai Lama:
“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far reaching effects”
The actions of Individuals…
Someone in a supermarket a few weeks ago thought it would be a good idea to stock up on toilet roll. As they continued to shop, they passed other shoppers who saw their trolley full to the top of Andrex (other brands are not now available) which triggered them to grab a few extra rolls too.
On arriving home phone calls to friends and family around the country followed – to give them the ‘heads up’ and the result….a national shortage of an essential item that we probably all take for granted.
Who was that one person?
The action of our thoughts…
No doubt you too have felt numb, confused and even overwhelmed as a result of the lockdown. Fear and anxiety fuels negative thinking, which in turn impacts our emotions and our emotions affect our behaviour.
The average person has between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 95% are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before and about 80% are negative.
Whilst its normal to think occasional negative thoughts once in a while the current situation can compound the effect, leading to a loss of motivation, procrastination and indecision.
The power of positive thinking has been well documented, it enables us to cope better in stressful situations, enhances our health and relationships, enables us to stay focussed and supports better decision making and leads to a more successful and happier life.
We need at this time more than ever to revisit our goals, reflect on our successes and realise that this situation too will pass and present opportunities that we may at this stage not even know exist.
The action of ourselves…
Isolation is not easy, but it does present openings for us to reflect and focus on what we do well, what we could do differently, what to stop doing and what to start. We have time to think positive, enhance our knowledge and existing skills and develop new ones.
Even Her Majesty the Queen in her address to the nation encouraged positivity by saying:
“I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge”
A quick scroll through the pages of LinkedIn highlights the amount of free resources available for self-development, its staggering…. webinars and opportunities to ‘Zoom’ are everywhere!
Check out Gavin Ingham’s ‘Thrive Project’ www.iam10.com developed to help business owners, leaders and professionals in these difficult times by bringing together expert speakers that can support the growth of a positive mindset, encourage thinking and gain clarity to take action. There’s a different 30-minute free webinar every day with subjects on dealing with anxiety, thinking long term, regaining focus and ideas to develop your LinkedIn profile. The webinars are short, fun and packed with useful tools and ideas…..all you have to do is sign up!
Whilst a lot of my work involves facilitating group development workshops, I have also utilised technology to develop the skills and thinking of others.
45-minute webinars on subjects like Emotional intelligence, Dealing with difficult people and Sales techniques, one-to-one coaching sessions with business leaders and sales professionals who want to sharpen their skills ready for the inevitable up turn to supporting ‘new zoomers’ in building confidence, developing their delivery techniques and preparing their presentations for the boom in online presenting.
Workers sat at home would probably welcome a brief session to break the monotony of self-isolation and have a skill injection!
What better way to keep them motivated?
Back to the ripples…
The ripples reflect on the very nature of affecting change – one small pebble thrown into the water caused a ripple effect with an almost never ending forward motion.
As we approach this ‘new world’, who do you want to be? I for one want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples of change.