A 5 Step Framework for Re-Imagining Your Work Life Beyond the Quarantine

career family life lessons relationships May 12, 2020

Are you seeing this time as a dip… or a ladder to the best that’s yet to come?

“Every now and then, something happens in life that seems to open a door you didn’t expect, and it serves as a threshold to other things.”

Last night I went to bed when I felt tired. Today, I woke up when my body wanted to. No alarm, just the feeling I’d slept exactly as long as I was supposed to.

I began listening to my inner thermostat. What does my body want? What is my mind telling me to do? When is my optimum time for creativity? When am I at my best talking on the phone to clients?

It’s a strange new way of living… listening to where my body and mind want to go.

What you do during the quarantine will matter to your future self.

How I handle this interruption in my business and work-life is critical. I can’t just stop… I can’t afford to. But what I can do is make plans and shift the way I do business.

Is this a career “dip”… or a ladder to something on a higher level?

“The focus that leads you through the Dip to the other side is rewarded by a marketplace in search of the best in the world.” -Seth Godin

My work as a real estate professional is currently shut down. I have no idea how long it will take to recover. We’re not allowed to show homes! I see the issue clearly. What if someone views a home and comes down with the virus a few days later. Who is libel?

  1. Hone in on where you want your attention to go.
  2. Ask what need you’ll be filling by pursuing this thought.
  3. Consider a pivot.
  4. Take the next step, even if it’s small.

Step One: Creativity

If ever there was a time to use creative thinking, it’s now. Creativity is a God-given tool we have for expanding our dreams.

Step Two: Feel the emotion.

Hone in on where you want your attention to go (the most) and begin to feel the emotions around that. If it’s making your current job better or pursuing a new line of work, how does that feel?

Step Three: Consider the need and purpose.

“At the intersection where your gifts, talents, and abilities meet a human need, therein, you will discover your purpose.”Aristotle

This is how successful people think… they see the opportunities when other people don’t notice them, and then fill the need with their unique gifts and talents.

Step Four: Consider a pivot.

When circumstances summon us to change, we’re faced with making choices we didn’t expect. But sometimes the result is even better.

Step Five: Take the very next step.

Never doubt… your mind is a solution machine!

Look beyond the gap… your future self needs you now.

You’re not the same person you were last year, nor is your business. Where will you and your business evolve after this?

“When you leave here today, I urge you to pursue something that is as exciting to you as it is important to the world.” — Dickinson Commencement by Pierce Brosnan

In the quote, “leaving here” is the time when the quarantine ends and our new lives begin.