The current social situation has brought many new changes to our daily lives, including the rise of remote work, social isolation and many potential uncertainties.
If you don’t keep your mind and thoughts sharp during times, then it’s very easy to get off track. It’s easy to stop thinking about the bigger picture and simply succumb to the pressure of the present moment to begin living in survival mode.
However, as a human being, you are always greater than your circumstances. No matter what the world might throw at you, you can always make a decision to move beyond it. As Tony Robbins has said,
“It is your decisions, not your conditions, that determine your destiny.”
The remainder of this article will discuss a few ways to stay success-minded during covid-19. Here we go.
Keep Yourself Centered
Arnold Bennett once wrote, “Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.”
When you’re uncentered, it seems like anything can rattle you. You’re easily distracted. You’re full of nerves and self-doubt. You’re stuck and overwhelmed.
However, when you’re centered, nothing can shake you from your purpose. Come what may, you won’t be detoured from your path. A few simple ways to keep yourself centered include:
- Journaling, prayer and meditation: When everything seems uncertain, don’t forget to do the basics. All of these activities can provide clarity, focus, and hope when the world is trying to take them from you.
- Conscious breathing: If you’re uncentered, you’re properly not going to be breathing right. What can actually make a huge difference in times of stress is becoming aware of your breathing and then taking slow and deep breaths. This will move you from your thoughts back into your body and allow the negativity and stress to pass.
Find the Positive in the Negative
There are two ways to look at life: 1) As if everything is happening for you. Or; 2) As if everything is happening to you. If you believe the latter, then when something negative happens, there’s nothing you can do about it.
If you believe the former, however, then you realize that what’s happening is not about the results of the present moment but your long-term success. If you take a second to reframe the experience, then there’s always something you can learn from it.
As Ryan Holiday writes, “There is no good or bad without us, there is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means.”
“Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have. Without having a goal it’s difficult to score.” -Paul Arden
Without the hope that things can be better in the future, then it’s very hard to be motivated in the present. You should never allow the reality of today to stop you from seeing and pursuing a bigger future.
As most of the world begins to play on defense, continue to have a growth mindset. and believe that things will only get better. As Victor Hugo has said, “The future has many names. For the weak, it’s unattainable. For the fearful, it’s unknown. For the bold, it’s ideal.”