There are things in life that we can plan for, and then there are the things that will hit us like a tornado on an idle Sunday. And like a tornado it will flatten everything in its path and throw things up in the air. The crisis can hit at any time, and in times like these, it can hit hard. If you are feeling as lost and confused as Dorothy when she first reached Oz, I can assure you this: You are not alone. It is a difficult time for most of us. But even if you can’t always detect when a crisis is about to happen, you can learn how to plan during one.
Here is what you need to do: Focus on the long game. Dig out your vision statement or your purpose document. Land yourself in your purpose and what you are all about. If you are going to make plans right now, make them with the rest of your life in mind, your values and your visions. Don’t bury your head in the sand by going about your business as per usual, as a crisis can take a long time to get out of. Maybe you can make plans for the day or the week, but not for the rest of the year.
Your context is the long game. Context is decisive and it will guide your thinking. Your purpose and values are as important now as they have ever been.
Hang in there and know that you got this. Just know that trying to make plans will frustrate you, so don’t try to make too many of them, but keep it all highly contained in a way that keeps you calm.
If you don’t have a vision statement, I’ll be happy to give you a template and some pointers because those values that you stand for will remain true before and after this crisis. They don’t change – it’s what you stand for and what you were born to do and that will not change – even if the rest of the world will.
The storm will pass and things will calm down. Your purpose will remain your driving force, so keep driving!
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