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Happiness comes in waves. The feature picture for this post was taken a few months ago, on my annual trip to the Bahamas. We couldn’t imagine that the entire world would go into a pandemic mode with a full or partial lockdown. And here we are. Safe at home. I’ve canceled more trips in the last three weeks than ever before in my life.
So let’s take a few steps back. What have you been doing, now, today? What did you work on? How did you spend the extra time you may have had today, not being stuck at work or stuck in a lengthy commute? I see a lot of updates come by on social media about cleaning out homes, garages, offices and more. We’re getting rid of our old junk, while business owners get rid of their employees. For better or worse, we’re cleaning out our life of excess. Rethinking strategies, businesses, maybe even relationships.
Companies that are able to continue operating thanks to some variation of “working from home” are frantically looking for a new way of operating, until everything goes back to “normal”. We’re worried about timesheets, bottom lines, and daily meetings to make sure no one really loses their mind.
Back to normal
Soon, we tell ourselves, we’ll be “back to normal”. Whatever that normal was, is, or will be. Because now that the initial shock of a global pandemic is starting to wear off, this week, more often than before, the question has come up: what’s next?
But will everything go back to normal? Will we go back to the way things were before, the way we’ve always done things around here? Most people I virtually speak with these days seem to want to “snap back” to their old ways, like an elastic band. As a planet, we have collectively been pulled outside of our comfort zone. Someone once said everything we want out of life is right here – outside of that comfort zone. But we can’t wait to go back to the way things were.
The only way out is through
From a global health perspective, I hope things will get back to normal soon. Not being able to hug people is a bad thing on an already lonely planet. But for everything else, what would you like your future to look like?
Being future-focused is the only thing that’ll get us through any crisis. So what’s next, for you? What’s next for your life, your career, your business, your future? How do you envision your life taking shape once things go back to the new definition of “normal”?
What can you start doing today, to start giving shape to that future? What are you going to work on that’s most important to you in achieving your life, business, and career goals?
My next trip
Eventually, borders will re-open, travel plans will resume, and we’ll all come out of this isolation. Of course, travel is tricky right now – but I can’t wait to go back to the Bahamas. I’ll probably be one of the first to book a ticket once all of this craziness passes. If you’d like, you’re welcome to join me and start making some travel plans.
Until then, please stay home. Alone. Be safe. Being safe at home in isolation of quarantine is the perfect time to work on one of your most important life goals. So dream, make plans and maybe even start taking some action towards your future travel goals, even today. If there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know.