Much in the media has been written about concerns as to how lockdown will take its toll on our mental health.
So how could contemplating, let alone taking action to pivot and relaunch your business be possible at a time that our world and life as we know it has been turned upside down?
A world where we have no crystal ball to determine what it will be like when this pandemic is over?
ANSWER: Be aware that most of the roadblocks that you believe to exist are a state of mind.
If you understood the power to overcome roadblocks always has been within your mind’s capability to distinguish threat from real to imagined, then you will have more capacity to embrace change and adapt.
The top 3 roadblocks that are preventing from pivoting and relaunching now are:
In an article featured in the Daily Mail April 7, 2020 Anne Marie Collins, President of the Australian Association of Psychologists revealed the 5 emotional stages people will experience during a lockdown.
In any given lockdown such as the one, we are experiencing now these are the 5 emotional stages we go through from the time that lockdown is announced.
Self-awareness is the first step to recovery. If you can recognise yourself in the way you speak to others (be it on the phone or in Facebook chat groups) is tinged with disbelief, anger or sadness please understand that there is no quick way to progress to Stage 4 acceptance.
Take the time to take the steps necessary to help yourself progress from sadness to acceptance which is outlined in my next blog post, “How Are You Supposed to Pivot When You’re Feeling so Sad?”
In Stage 4, your capacity to start thinking and deciding of how to pivot and relaunch your business has more chance of success but here you will be faced with how to make the right decision in an environment of uncertainty which is the next roadblock I will discuss.
Here is a reality check: Decision making always involves uncertainty.
Decisions start the change process. Managing change means managing your decisions. Managing your decisions means trusting yourself to make the right one.
Unfortunately, most of us are creatures of habit. We don’t like change especially when its forced upon us such as the current pandemic.
Who you surround yourself is key to making the right decision in uncertainty. Too often its more comfortable to remain in a herd mentality – “do nothing, complain about the injustice and spend time discussing your biggest fears”. This gets you nowhere.
You’ve heard the saying “misery invites misery” so do yourself a favour and make at least one decision which is to surround yourself with people who are not pulling you down, keep you stuck in a cycle of self-sabotage.
Instead surround yourself with positive people like change agents, change makers, change management consultants who embrace change as an opportunity to help steer your pivot and relaunch forward.
If you live in your head, locked in your thoughts, hooked into media bad news stories or watching those conspiracy videos on Covid-19 you’re leaving yourself wide open to having your energy flow to dark places of fear and despair that don’t serve you.
But its not all your fault. In our brain we have a reticular activating system (RAS) the gatekeeper in your brain. It sorts through massive amounts of information delivered by your senses, acting as a filter to decide which information is important and which isn’t.
That filter, rich with all the limiting beliefs you grew up with about the negative parts of yourself that convince you to see things in a negative light. Think of it as tainted glasses you wear.
Our thoughts control what we manifest.
The best place to get yourself out of the pivot and relaunch can’t be done mindset is to start catching yourself out when you find yourself being drawn into that rabbit of despair that convinces you that to pivot and relaunch is impossible.
Secondly you need to establish where that thought came from? Write down the thought. This way you will be able to identify the time and place way back in our childhood that shaped that limiting belief.
Ask yourself: Is there any real evidence for the thought to be valid? What could my new thought be?
Louise Hayes once said: “I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.”