As blessed as we are to see the midpoint of yet another year, it’s no secret that 2020 has presented us all with plenty of unique challenges. Seemingly overnight, many people’s lives were turned into piles of scattered puzzle pieces in need of reassembling. Whether you’re dealing with the pandemic, a job change, or a shift in your family dynamic, the way you approach your problems will determine the outcome. Many times, it’s said that the “problem” isn’t really the problem; it’s one’s reaction to the “problem” that is the real issue. Although it’s easy to give way to panic and frustration, neither leads to the mental peace you deserve. In times of uncertainty, being an adaptable solution seeker is key.
Life is full of highs and lows, joys and pains, and challenges to overcome. Just as good times come and go, so do obstacles. Terry Felber often says, “This is life on planet earth.” I’ve always loved that statement because it reminds me that no matter the situation, this too shall pass. Therefore, some of the best tools in your toolbox are flexibility and your ability to choose your reactions wisely. When faced with an issue, it’s okay to reassess, ask for guidance, or go in a new direction if needed. Don’t be afraid to exchange old ways of thinking, or doing, for new solutions that answer today’s problems. Embrace the journey, remain hopeful, and be open to learning from life’s tests.
“Experience is not the best teacher, evaluated experience is.”
– John Maxwell
If we want to learn from our past and get better for the future, we must evaluate our experiences.
Life changes can serve as an eye opener and motivator to better prepare you for the future.
Take this opportunity to look back and ask yourself, “What did I learn and what am I going to do about it?”
1. “What did I learn?”
- Were you as financially stable as you thought?
- Were your daily business operations flexible enough to accommodate a major unexpected change?
- Were you satisfied with your habits?
- Were you prepared for potential health, business, or relationship challenges?
- Were you able to effectively communicate with your spouse, business partners, and customers?
- Did you have healthy activities to rely on in order to maintain your mental health?
2. “What am I going to do about it?”
- Will you build your business assets and savings to ensure financial security?
- Will you implement emergency plans that increase preparedness?
- Will you be more open to asking for help from your coaches and mentors?
- Will you be more teachable and use tools that will help you comfortably acclimate to unforeseen changes?
*If the first half of the year confirmed that you were well-prepared, financially set, and your business is thriving, how can you improve even more? What goals can you set moving forward?
Use these questions to reflect, learn, and make changes. Let’s not operate in fear, but in wisdom.
“You have to dig your well before you’re thirsty.”
A great way to get past where you currently are, is to seek perspective. Talk to your coaches and mentors with a humble, open mind. Be teachable and willing to trust and apply their advice. Let’s get better by making better decisions, preparing for the future, and procuring more stability. Remember, situations only become problems when you react negatively to them. View your pile of puzzle pieces as an opportunity to become a more confident problem solver and solution seeker. We believe that you are capable of overcoming any challenge that you may face and emerge even stronger than before. So learn to adapt, and get excited about taking on these new challenges with a great attitude. You’ve got this!