16 Jun How to Use COVID-19 to Create Personal Growth
You have a choice to make. You can see your current situation (being in quarantine or not) as an excuse for not stepping out of your comfort zone, or use it to empower you and help you focus on growth.
In this post, our Director of First Impressions, Lindsay Andrews, shares 4 tips to help you thrive, not just survive.
Tip #1 - Take Chances & Seek New Opportunities
The key is not to let the fear of failure take over. “If you’re not failing, you’re not trying!”. No one is perfect and we may not get it right the first time, but we grow and learn from our experiences. Let’s aim for growth.
Participating in live Webinars is a great way to not only stay connected but gain perspective and learn from others who are successful. Maybe there is a habit that has attributed to their success that you can try.
Podcasts are also a great learning tool that are easily accessible. I was introduced to this when I first began at Sigma and let me tell you – it’s a game changer!
Tip #2 - Wake Up Early
This one is HUGE. I was never a morning person… I can tell you this habit will have an enormous impact on your personal growth.
Getting up early gives you the chance feel productive right out of the gate. Whether you go for a run, do yoga, clean the house or read, you have accomplished a task that will have you feeling productive before most people are even awake! This also gives you the opportunity to set goals and structure your day for success.
A great tool is writing out 5 attainable goals for each day to win your day! This will help you feel productive and create momentum moving forward.
While we are all staying safe at home, having a structured day can eliminate you veering off path. Wake up early, get dressed and put on your Sunday best!
Tip #3 - Get Uncomfortable
Step out of your comfort zone! Put yourself in situations that will trigger exploration and development. Be patient but persistent and the joy will come!
When we try new things, they often feel uncomfortable which is totally normal. Unfamiliar territory tends to make most people uneasy but eventually we end up crossing an invisible barrier that gives us a natural feeling of belonging. Create a podcast, speak up on a webinar, do the things that make you nervous!
Full Disclosure – this is my first blog post. But hey, if I’m not going to take chances and get uncomfortable, how will I learn and create growth? Lead by example and go for it!
Tip #4 - Give Unconditional Love
Find happiness in the little things. A gratitude journal is a great way to stay mindful of your thoughts and a reminder to appreciate all of the little joys and gifts life provides. Many of us are not doing the normal morning or evening commute so use this extra time to reflect on all of the positives. Most importantly, remember to be kind and love yourself!
We want to hear from you!
Have you applied any of these tips before? How did it feel, how did it change your life?
Share with us in the comments and let us know if you have other tips that can help thrive, not just survive in tough situations. We are looking forward to reading your stories!