My business has dried up.
At the moment, I can’t provide corporate workshops because they are conducted face to face.
Same for keynote speeches – they require an audience.
And same goes for coaching clients –I am unable to meet potential clients that need my help because there is nowhere to go and meet prospective clients. No networking events or conferences. They have all been cancelled.
In a nutshell, I went from being very busy to quiet, near instantly.
And I don’t like it. I am uncomfortable with it.
I am uncomfortable because I don’t know what my business model looks like now or what it will look like in the future.
I am also uncomfortable because I am a girl that likes a plan and a goal. I am good with a purpose. I am good at creating tactics and strategies and seeing things through.
I am not good at taking things as they come day by day. I am only good at doing that when it’s the weekend or I am on vacation.
I feel like I am now on one long unplanned vacation, and I am uncomfortable with the lack of structure and having to put my goals on hold.
But I realise that I am not alone.
My mum, who lives in Fort St John, Canada, tells me that she oscillates between days of achieving lots to the following day, feeling no motivation to do anything.
My father and step-mother, who also live in Canada and whom I usually only speak to every month or so, are now phoning every couple of days. My Dad tells me he is worried because I am his only kid, and he worries if I am safe. I can hear the anxiety in his voice.
My in-laws are missing their routine of seeing their grandkids.
A friend in San Diego tells me that like me, her business has also wholly dried up. She is trying to manage this reality whilst also home-schooling her son, whilst also managing her emotions of not being allowed to visit her mom, who is in a nearby care home.
And the list goes on.
And I suspect that you, too, are struggling with challenges and the corresponding emotions they entail.
Here’s my advice to both myself and everyone else.
What you need.
What you want.
What you feel.
There is no pressure to have it all figured out instantly.
Give yourself the break.
Allow yourself to feel your emotions and give yourself permission to break from structure and routine.
That is what I have been doing.
One day last week, when it poured with rain all day, I gave myself permission to binge-watch ‘Unorthodox’ on Netflix all day. And it was a school day – aka a workday. Crazy times. Old me would never have allowed that. New me is adapting to the new normal and permitting myself to do what I need to do to manage in these uncertain times.
I am giving myself a break.
Give yourself a break too if you need it.
If you need help learning how to adapt, then let me know. I am happy to help.
love Claire xxx
PS the picture above is my new 'office'.... I figure that while it's nice out and since we can't conduct face to face business anymore, I may as well work outside... :)
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