If you’re waiting for things to go back to normal – stop waiting!
The most successful clients I work with are re-engineering their businesses based on the assumption that we are not returning to the old version of normal. And if you look around – so many things are changing faster than we ever could have predicted. We could assume that some of these things would have changed eventually, but COVID-19 has forced many changes to occur at warp speed, i.e. the Zoom conference explosion, the precipitous drop in business travel, the empty commercial office buildings, and, pleasantly, the reduced rush-hour highway traffic jams.
If you’re expecting people to stop wearing masks soon – many likely won’t.
If you’re expecting 100,000 fans to pack a stadium for a college football game any time before 2022 – don’t hold your breath!
If you’re expecting the small restaurants in your community to re-open soon – sadly, many won’t. I’ve read recently that as many as 50% of these establishments have either already closed or will close permanently in the relatively near future.
These realties pose two questions that are worth pondering:
How should I handle the uncertainty of not knowing when things will really be “normal”?
And, what can I do personally to make things better?
On the first question above – I’m challenging myself (and welcome to my world) to make the assumption that we’re not going back to normal at all. If we make the assumption that things stay as they are for the foreseeable future, what would we do differently? Would we change our business model? Would we change our financial approach to savings, investments, and even retirement planning? Should we re-think where we live? And what cars we drive (a lot fewer miles-driven BTW)?
In essence, this is a perfect time to re-think our base assumptions and life-decisions because the world around us may look entirely different than it has previously. And perhaps the one thing that has prevented you from thinking more seriously about these bigger life choices is the mistaken belief that everything will return to “normal” (whatever that is).
On the second question above – because our culture and our world is in such turmoil – from pandemics, to politics, to record high unemployment – maybe it’s time to take a deep breath and just stop it! “Stop what?” you ask? Stop being so firmly entrenched in our personal points-of-view and strongly-held biases. Let’s err on the side of empathy, kindness and respect. Just because someone has a different world view and/or political view, doesn’t mean you can’t love them – exactly as they are. You don’t have to love their world-view – but we all know people we love deeply who don’t share our politics, our preferences, or our faith. Choose to love them regardless!
My challenge to you is twofold: if you assume things aren’t going back to normal – what would you change? In your business? In your career? In your family-life? In your time allocation for that matter?
And, choose to care about others. Choose to listen. Choose to love – these are choices we all get to make…even if we don’t agree with them on every issue.
I always welcome your comments.