We’ve all had setbacks in our life that have been very stressful.
But in every set back there are valuable turning points that can come from crises such as this. Hard to see it when you are in it, but the gifts and valuable lessons are there, nonetheless.
As Tony Robbins says,” Stress doesn’t come from the facts of the events of what’s happening right now. It comes from the meaning we attach to what’s happening right now”
That diabolical end of the world thinking. The meaning we attach to lockdown, in all its shockingness, grief and sadness stems from the stories that entrenched themselves from our early life experiences that have impacted our limiting beliefs.
At any given time, there are only 3 things humans contemplate every single day.
When our very existence is being threatened such as the COVID-19 pandemic and we have no idea what life is going to be like in a post corona world, this unknown triggers our reptilian brain putting it on high alert that we are in danger.
The problem is that the reptilian brain is supposed to be triggered when the threat to our life is real such as being trapped by a tiger ready to attack. The reptilian brain cannot distinguish between a real threat or a perceived threat like we are experiencing now.
This could not be more evident with all the assaults in our supermarkets we saw played out on TV when people were fighting to get their hands-on toilet paper as if there very survival depended on it! Some people bought 9 months of flour in 4 days!!!
So is the power of the meaning we attach to any given scenario of “perceived threat.”
Once the reptilian brain is activated, cortisol fills our body that stimulates a state of fight or flight.
But here is the thing.
There is another power that you and I have that could change the stress levels, anxiety, doubt or fear you are experiencing right now…
and that is the Power of Choice
We have a choice to go down the pathway of fear, uncertainty and try to control every detail of what is happening in our world. Sadly, this only depletes our energy leading to further stress anxiety,
Our external world however cannot be controlled. We can control the outcomes of corona virus, what we can control is:
The power of choice in in our hands right now, today at this moment.
Its an action we can make.
Either you can embrace uncertainty with all the creativity and expansion it can bring to reinvent ourselves, transform our thinking, explore options on how to pivot and relaunching our businesses or do nothing. That’s an action as well.
But if you take the former, this leads to expansion of your life, your business, your sense of self which ultimately feels like a regaining of control.
The power of choice doesn’t cost you anything except maybe your health if you do nothing and allow the situation to take over your life.
Choose wisely today. The future of your business depends on this.