“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” John F. Kennedy
The crisis is overwhelming. Small and family businesses have begun to close. Many of them hope to open soon, but there are those who give up. People are being laid off or sent on unpaid leave for an indefinite period. Panic, anguish, despair… STOP! Before you give up, think of the opportunities you have. … and don’t say they don’t exist …
I deeply believe, that Winston Churchill was right when he said: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” The following thoughts may help you set up an initial action plan.
- Avoid whining people. If there are people around you who find excuses why not do it or think right from the start that everything will fail, you will probably lose motivation soon. If that person is close to you, ask her/him to wait by giving opinion until you have completed your plans. Some of them may be offended, but
- You are not responsible for the feelings or opinions of others. Leave them the right to be offended and direct your energy to achieve YOUR goals.
- Think out of the box. What are your hobbies? Does anyone else benefit from them? What are your hidden skills? Maybe someone needs help with homepage but you know WordPress well. Or someone is having trouble blogging but writing is your other essence. Write down all your thoughts and ideas. You can sort later.
- Be open to opportunities. In a crisis, incomes are falling, jobs are disappearing but many think they are too good to do simple work or low pay. There is no bad job. Sometimes compromises are needed to pay your bills. Don’t forget your core business, just now the situation is to survive and move on. And the owner of a cleaning company may be your next customer!
These are just a few choices. The bottom line is, don’t think over and keep going. Yes you have the right to be tired, scared, lost, confused… give yourself half an hour, cry if needed and good old English gentleman Churchill’s saying: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”