When you envision the end of the COVID19 crisis where do you want to be? Mark Gasparotto says that personal resilience requires us to look at all 4 legs of our table, ensuring that the table doesn’t tip. We need to look at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of ourselves.
- Maybe you have a physical goal, such as being healthier in some way. Your goal could be to learn new methods to boost your immunity or keep fit.
- Maybe you have a business goal of wanting to pivot your business in the short term to assisting essential service personnel to keep some revenue coming.
- Maybe you have a spiritual goal to find a type of meditation you enjoy and make it a part of your daily routine.
- Maybe you have a household goal because you are spending so much time in your home.
- Maybe you want to establish a closer relationship with your partner by reading a relationship book together.
- Maybe you want to establish closer friendships by reaching out to more of your network through supportive emails, texts or social media.
Keeping a vision in mind, could you detail your goal in words or pictures and keep it somewhere you could look at it daily. In this way, it stays with you, top of mind and can help to motivate you.
It is often a good idea to think of obstacles to your goal and resolve ways through those as well.
For instance, I have a goal of cleaning up a room in our basement. Envisioning it as organized instead of the way it is now is motivating. I need to enlist another person I live in my vision though because all the stuff in there isn’t mine. If we both work on the vision of what we want in that room, the outcome is more likely to happen. This would be a new process for both of us which brings some excitement with it. Also going to work on this room when we both have some energy to tackle it and limiting the stretch of time we work on it to something manageable might be ways to overcome other obstacles.
Paul Romer said, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”
I have a friend who is used to working out on an outdoor exercise park. The park is closed due to COVID19. So she is lifting tin cans to keep her arms strong and lifting her legs and body weight between pieces of furniture in her living room. These are effective ways to keep her body in shape. Good for her.
What creative new method can you bring to your goals?