It’s been one full month since our family has been quarantining (is that a real word? Let’s go with it). Dave, myself and four kiddos all in one house. For a month. Running our company. From our house. For a month. I reiterate these things to you not so you feel any ounce of pity for me, but as a reminder that I am human just like you. I am worried about my family getting sick just like you and I am learning how to manage working at home with my family around just like you. I am just like you.
If you’re new here, this is something very important to know about me: I DON’T WALLOW. I’m someone who gets knocked down, but I don’t stay down. A global pandemic will not change who I am on the inside and I am going to keep showing up. With this perspective, I’ve been able to see this time as a way to learn, grow and experience tiny blessings. I’ve had hard days, but I’ve also had countless moments of tremendous gratitude where I am so dang thankful for this life.
This is not going away. How have you faced your situation? You can only control your attitude and your effort. Do not wait for this to pass and wait for it to get back to what once was because that won’t happen. Fixate your eyes on what you can control and decide how this season is going to look. I’m going to share the four things I’m doing to live well, even during quarantine, because believe it or not, it IS possible to still live your best life. It’s all up to you.
1. Planning for the worst
This may strike you as odd but it’s all making sure you are ready for whatever might happen. What does our business look like in this new world? Our life? Being a leader means figuring all the heck of this out. The sooner I accepted this was my new reality, the faster I was able to get creative and find gratitude. If you plan for the worst and in the off chance this ends sooner than when you expect. I’m prepared to be in this for the long haul and coming to terms with this has allowed me to release control on my situation and struggle less with anxious thoughts.
2. Participating in the #NEXT90CHALLENGE
Dave and I came up with this idea just as much for you all as we did for ourselves. We wanted accountability and decided we wanted these next 90 days to help us become the best version of ourselves. It’s our goal to use these uncertain, confusing times to choose joy, straighten up our habits, find momentum and celebrate. This is valuable time and while we can’t control our circumstances, we can control ourselves. It’s not too late to join and when you join you’ll also get access to all the prior lessons! Sign up here for free.
3. Sticking to My Routine, NO Excuses
There have been days where my routine is literally the last thing I want to do. A bag of tortilla chips is all I want to consume and I don’t want to move my body. Everyone has those days guys, myself included. I know that when I sit in gratitude, move my body for at least 30 minutes, eat nutritious foods and drink a lot of water, I feel better and I see things more clearly. I never regret choosing to do these things but always regret not doing them.
4. Embracing These Moments Fully
Time like this is rare. Moments to be home with my family where I can eat breakfast with them, go on a jog while my boys bike alongside me and watch the sunset as a family is not something I take for granted. I am cherishing these moments and counting my blessings. I do not want to wish away these times and I encourage you to do the same, no matter your situation. Maybe the grocery store didn’t have the foods we’d normally get but we’ll make a fun memory eating something new together! It’s all about perspective. I understand it’s not easy – trust me, I really do – but don’t let yourself miss an opportunity to see blessings, create memories and grow in character.
I want to remind you that whatever you’re looking for in this season you will find it. If you’re looking for a group of men and women to motivate, encourage and push you, you can find them doing the #NEXT90CHALLENGE and in this group.