This year has been so...exciting.
I know many will choose other adjectives to describe this year and I understand. Such much transition, so much shock, so many changes, and so much loss. Mental health and COVID-19 Fatigue has hit everyone from school age children to seasoned public figures. Polarization over political perspectives, BLM, George Floyd, NBA and high school sports postponed, familiar restaurants and community staple businesses closed permanently. It has been exciting, and all of the other adjectives too. Being transparent, I still have mixed feelings about the year.
For me, it has been such a pivotal year- personally and professionally. As a speaker and human behavior consultant, my itinerary went from, "When is your next engagement?" to #fullstop. I was shocked, uncertain, nervous, and...truthfully, frustrated. After the fear of course. I had scheduled the Emotional Intelligence Intimate Evenings book tour, arranged my corporate clients in a way that would allow me to travel, and was set up to move forward with my UCDI/DSD Scholarship Fund... until life said otherwise. :)
I often share with my clients and audience that being a subject matter expert in any area does not make you exempt from life. Its ups and downs will hit you, and you will feel some of those hits more than others. The key is, and always has been, HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?
In my simple and small case, I knew I could not control how the government or the regulatory agencies were going to respond to the novel coronavirus. No matter how much I wanted to scream into the air, or sometimes at people, I knew that that is a counter-productive approach and only prolongs my time in an uncomfortable position. Although blame and anger are common responses to fear, uncertainty, and change- it does not mean blame and anger are the best approaches. So I looked to see WHAT I COULD DO TO HELP.
Uncertainty loomed large, but when I looked around I saw that many people needed hope, direction, and credible information so I started going LIVE at 6:23 daily to help my network and loved ones navigate transitions (so many simultaneously) and vet information (so much info, so little fact checking). The response was overwhelming and within a month we were hosting an online show called Knowledge or Nonsense.
Three primary points to this email, maybe even to life:
1. Even when everything is shaking and you do not know what what is going to happen, still do your utmost to help others. To add value to others.
2. Scarcity feeds WIIFM, and WIIFM feeds scarcity. Say no to scarcity.
3. Communication, business, and LIFE is about others. It is never meant to be ALL about you (or me).
And one question: What will YOU carry over?
Stay safe and stay kind.
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