First published on Medium in the publication Age of Awareness
In uncertain times keep your vision in mind
On Monday morning, as I was running I was listening to LBC, a radio show here in the UK. James O’Brien pointed out he couldn’t pick a headline. What’s your headline at this point of the crisis?
At the weekend, the Sunday Times shared surveys which revealed pessimism and fear regarding going back to work, going on holiday and even a reluctance to send kids back to school.
Here in the UK, our wellbeing is a little lower than optimal. According to surveys by the Office of National Statistics between 20 March and 30 March 2020, almost half (49.6%) of people in Great Britain reported “high” (rating 6 to 10) anxiety; this was sharply elevated compared with the end of 2019 (21%), and equates to over 25 million people (out of the population aged 16 years and over).
It feels the only thing that’s certain is uncertainty.
When times are like this (or at any time) the only place to find certainty is within. Do you have a North Star that you follow in life? A vision for your career, your business, your love life, your fitness and health? Keep that in mind.
It doesn’t matter how you get there and if you have to take some deviations on the way. Today (Wednesday) I joined a Business Workshop, Strategic Visioning, reminding me of all this foundation knowledge.
We were reminded to take time to see where our end goal is, visualise it in full colour. Set the scene, smell the coffee, describe how you feel, who’s with you, what does it look like, etc.
In terms of yours and your staff’s wellbeing now is the time to think about the bigger picture for you and your business. I don’t mean getting your marketing team to define your ‘purpose’ – at a time when we’re struggling to pay the bills that might be the last thing on your mind. And as an interviewee in a forthcoming article told me, everybody wants to save the world.
Right now this might be a simple vision for a healthy, happy life, where you and your business and staff are safe and secure. Your vision might be focussed entirely on how your weekends will look and feel, or how a leaner, more flexible business will actually look and feel.
Be certain of your vision and immerse yourself in it, and trust with the goal in mind, you’ll find your way. And remember in times of change, ‘pivot’ is good. Check out this from Eric Ries, the author of the Lean Start-Up, who talks about the pivot, a change in strategy but not vision, check out the video.