“At the brink of every ending, is a new beginning waiting to be noticed.”
This quote from my dear friend, novelist Gwen Tuinman, holds so much power. Every ending starts something new. But are we always prepared for it? Are we ready and open to see when the opportunity presents itself to us?
Right now, we’re in unprecedented times when life as we knew it ended abruptly and unexpectedly. And we had to go into a waiting mode. A waiting mode to a new life that we know will start soon but don’t know when and how it will look like. We know it will be very different but don’t know how different exactly.
Despite the challenges that our current situation is imposing on us, we can choose to notice the new beginnings knocking on our doors: right now, in the waiting mode, and the nearest future. Another thing we can do is using NOW to prepare ourselves for the new reality, double down on self-development and come out of COVID times stronger than ever.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Let me share with you a story of mine. A couple of years back, I was going through a tough time in my corporate job at the time. We were expected to deliver absurd amounts of work and outcomes. We were working ungodly amounts of hours every day for months without a break. Even though we did ask for help, trying to change our situation, the requests were falling onto the deaf ears.
It got to the point where I became mentally and physically exhausted. When feeling that was burning out and becoming hopeless, I got mad. My anger pushed me to action. And as a result, I signed up for high-performance mentoring to make the best out of the situation I was in. I didn’t think it at the time, but now looking back, I’m so incredibly grateful I did it. I wouldn’t have been here now writing all those blogs, creating training, and helping my clients if I didn’t change myself when I couldn’t change the situation I was in.
That’s why I think that now, the waiting mode we’re all in is the most exceptional opportunity for you to become a high performing entrepreneur. As a matter of fact, only this way will you be prepared to notice and benefit from the new beginning coming soon. And I hope that my today’s 5 tips below will help you start this journey.
5 Tips to Help You Achieve High-Performance
1. Create Daily Routines
I’m sure you had some routines before we’re all asked to stay home. But now, kids are at home all day; you need to home school them and work at the same time. In other words, your time to work on your business has shrunk.
But maybe it’s an opportunity to relook at the routines and adjust them or create new ones all together to fit the new normal.
Can you shift the going-to-bed or wake-up time?
Can kids get involved in new house chores or preparation of things for homeschooling, so you don’t have to do it all?
Can you shuffle around your business tasks to better fit the flow of your current days?
Such an exercise will help you deal with quarantine much better. Not to mention, you’ll stay nimble, so when it’s finished, it’ll be easier to shift again and adapt to the new reality.
2. Improve Your Health
Now is a great time to get healthier. If your body is healthy, your mind has a strong foundation to be healthy too. And not only in a sense where you’re stronger mentally to deal with all the fear, negative thoughts, and stressful times. But especially in a creative way: creating ideas that help your business continue running, pivot, and thrive.
So, try out some new healthy recipes with your family. Stay active by having fun: home dance parties, races in the backyard, obstacle Parcours in the hallways, or going for walks (if you can).
Moreover, ensure you get enough rest and sleep. Fatigue and burn out are the worst enemy to a healthy immune system.
If you’ve been neglecting your health for a while, and are in serious need of improvement, hire a health coach. There’ll never be batter time to start than now. I know and can recommend a few fantastic ones.
3. Get Creative in Your Business
The COVID situation is reshaping the current business reality very fast. Almost all of the businesses have to pivot. What is means is that you need to get creative not only to survive but also to be able to come out strong afterward.
Take Time to Think about how your customers’ needs are changing. What needs do they have now, and what will they be in a few months? How can you provide solutions to them?
Couple the thinking time with some good brainstorming with your mentor, coach, or fellow entrepreneurs, and I guarantee you’ll create amazing new ideas for your business.
4. Invest in Your Self-development
I bet that even if your business is still quite busy right now, you nevertheless have more time than ever. Less travel, meetings in person, even less time spent shopping for other things than groceries.
That’s why now is the time to invest and double down on your self-development. It’s the time to get skills you need to grow your business. I know it may feel counterintuitive to you to invest when times are hard, but this will pay off exponentially very quickly.
Getting a mentor or a coach now, not only will help you develop the skills you need but also you’ll have a platform for creativity, brainstorming, strategy, motivation, good habits creation, and accountability.
And today you need all those things more than ever. So, if you have been thinking about hiring a coach for a while, now is the time.
5. Be Grateful
Gratitude is the most powerful emotion that puts us in a place of compassion and love.
It can be hard to see the light ahead if the tunnel is so dark and long that it’ll be a while before you see the exit. That’s why focusing on the present, shifting your perspective to look at what you do have, and being grateful for it, will help you move to an abundance mindset.
Abundance is the place when new amazing ideas are born, ideas that help your ideal clients. When you produce value for them, you’ll receive value in return. For this reason, create a daily gratitude habit. Whether you journal about the things you’re grateful for every night before falling asleep or incorporate it into your morning routine, consistency is what matters.
Last but not least, don’t forget to have fun while becoming a high-performer!