I’ve got a new mantra:
This notion was inspired recently when I got out of my car and started to walk to a restaurant to meet a friend for lunch. Halfway across the parking lot I stopped when I realized I didn’t have a mask, started to turn around to go and get one, then stopped – again – and reminded myself that masking is over. I then made my move to the restaurant, all the while declaring to myself that I guess the pandemic is over.
Now, I know that’s not the case. But while I waited for my friend to meet me, I wondered what aspects of the pandemic were in the past. It didn’t take long for me to conclude that it was “pandemic thinking.”
I don’t know about you, but during the pandemic I just got used to disappointment, upset expectations, and carefully laid plans being unraveled in a moment’s notice. I fell into a rhythm of accepting that the things I wanted to happen weren’t going to happen. This type of pattern can lead to the unhealthy mindset of settling, which is an awful habit to fall into.
At the table, I decided then and there that I’m sick of less than best … I don’t want to water-down my dreams … and I want to start striving, again, towards what’s possible and what I can directly influence.
So, for me, to turn the corner on pandemic thinking, I needed a mantra – an idea that I could rally behind that would inspire me to believe that what I want matters and shouldn’t be compromised. That was easy to discover: Everything I want in life will happen.
To support this new way of thinking and being, here are the five things I’m doing right now to support this new era of growth:
- Spending time in my mind envisioning my future and giving it as much detail as possible
- Developing clarity with what I want personally, professionally, and for my family and writing it down
- Journaling about what I’m grateful for and writing down what I need to do in the short-term to ensure my long-term vision can be achieved
- Being more assertive with what’s acceptable in my life and what isn’t – and not being afraid to say, “No, I don’t want to do that.”
- Cutting out the unnecessary aspects of life that are distracting (I think I used to spend way too much time being busy for busy sake)
In this spirit, I have questions for you and a challenge:
- What about the pandemic has shaped your thinking – how is it helping or hurting?
- What can you do today to adjust your thinking to get clearer on what it is you want and what you need to do to achieve it?
Additional resources: Download our Pandemic Reflection Journal that will allow you to process your experience to give you the space to write about what you learned and what you’ll apply going forward.