Hallelujah, it’s April!
Anyone else felt like March was a whole year of its own? So many changes and such widespread impact during one month – most of which was inconceivable at the start of the year.
Like you, we have adjusted our thinking about 2020. For us, that means continuing our mantra of controlling what we can control and holding faith for the rest.
We are optimistic realists.
As we have been chatting with people over the last month, we have realised people fall into three camps:
These are the people who are very focused on preparing for the future.
The interesting thing about the Strategists is that they can be found across a range of industries and they may even have been impacted by their job being stood down or redundancy.
The difference lies not in what is happening to them, but in their very clear focus on the opportunities for the future.
Regardless of how COVID-19 has impacted your daily life and career, you’ll recognise yourself as a Strategist if your focus is very firmly on planning to come out swinging on the other side of COVID-19.
The Strategists are calling us to get their qualifications sorted (and taking advantage of our No Fee Payment Plans to manage their funds).
They are calling their friends, family and colleagues to ask for introductions and help.
They are updating their LinkedIn profiles and whipping through their list of things they were planning on doing ‘one day’ because One Day has arrived.
The Strategists are already seeing the future and now they are busy making it happen.
And for some of us, this is how we can take control in a time when so much can feel out of control.
You’re going to embrace this opportunity to put together a kick arse strategy and then you are going to throw yourself into it. We’re cheering for you!
2. Status Quo
This is all about sitting tight and not changing anything right now.
No sudden moves to be seen here.
Nope, the Status Quo folk are not going to be changing jobs, moving house or making any grand plans. It is enough of a plan to put your head down and come up for air when the world has returned to normal.
Yep, you are staying right where you are and counting your lucky stars that your pay is still landing in your account. And can we say, hooray for constant pay checks!
So, here’s what we are noticing about Status Quo:
None of us can dodge some element of change through this unusual time. You may have the type of job that is not going anywhere. But this is definitely the time to look at what you do have control of and make sure it is serving you well.
For example, if your credit card debt is creeping up, you can make the type of change that involves reigning your spending back in and paying that card down. This is the time to make changes that impact your life for the better.
We are hearing from the Status Quo people because they just want to check in and see where they are at with their RPL eligibility – both in the level of qualification and the available qualifications. They are not ready to proceed, they just want to understand their current status … just in case.
And right now, we are onboard with all of the sensible things and keeping your head cool, calm and collected.
Now, for these people, their heads are reeling. So much change has arrived so fast and they are wondering how they are going to make it through to the other side.
We get it. Randall and I have been there – several times in life.
Here’s what we have learned: when you are deep in survival mode, you do not need all the answers at once. You need to start by getting a single focus on just doing the next right thing.
When Randall had his career disappear (and his very solid government paycheck), he was lost for a while.
We sat down and came up with the next right thing…
In case it helps, here is what we discovered were our next right thing/s one after the other:
And that brings us to this point….
No matter where you are at … whether you are busy strategising, whether you are protecting the status quo or if you are in survival mode, you are not alone.
We may be social distancing but trust me, you are not alone.
Tricia & Randall