Are you turning crisis into an opportunity? There is little so unsettling as watching fear create the exact experience people were anxious about in the first place. It’s called a self-fulfilling prophecy, like when we worry that we won’t be able to access toilet paper in a global crisis so we buy all the toilet paper, thereby making toilet paper impossible to find in stores. Or when someone says that gas is short and therefore creates a gas shortage in Texas. It all stems from fear.
We know it’s been hard and unknown as many of us have known somebody who has lost someone due to this virus. It’s a difficult position for us all and while we can mourn and lament the lack of normalcy and uptick in outrage, we also have a choice. Instead of being fearful, we could be turning crisis into opportunity. Because good things can happen in hard times, too. Rather than being panicked and afraid, we and our families can get stronger in every way, despite the chaos around us. Here are 5 ways you can accomplish this.
1. Be A “Glass Half Full” Person
Change is a constant and challenge is, too. So look at what you can do instead of what you can’t do. Shift from reactive to proactive and from defensive to offensive.
2. Learn To Distinguish Between Wants & Needs
We could complain about the current crisis and what it means for most of us—we have to ration our toilet paper, wait until next year to watch the Olympics, and eat at home instead of at restaurants. But did we ever truly need the conveniences and sources of entertainment that we don’t have now? Instead, let’s use this as an opportunity to rest more while we can and to reset, reframe, and retool in prep for the future.
3. Cultivate A Generous Heart
Your family needs you. Your community needs you. What can you do to serve them today? Now is the time to be more self-giving than before by being present to your wife and kids, by staying home if you’re sick, by giving a roll of toilet paper to the neighbor who ran out. Generosity can be contagious in the family and beyond and it is a far more effective long-term plan than “look out for number one.”
4. Build Bridges
Social distancing doesn’t have to mean isolation. Be proactive in your efforts to stay connected to your loved ones. Video chat with friends and neighbors you can’t meet up with like usual. Help your kids have virtual playdates. Call your loved ones who are in nursing homes or assisted living facilities and aren’t allowed to have visitors. This will only serve to enhance a sense of community after the immediate crisis passes.
5. Be Grateful For The Lessons Learned
The National Health Service in the UK reports that, as a group, English schoolchildren were healthier from 1939 through 1952 than at any other time in the 20th Century. The reason? Rationing. More fresh vegetables, food grown at home, less meat, less candy. Our opportunity in crisis is to look for what’s good in the midst of it—the slower pace, the additional family time, the less full schedule—and plan to apply it to our lives when the crisis ends.
This article is courtesy of AllProDad.com and if you’d like to read the full article, you can read it here!