We have all had a couple of very challenging and interesting years with the onset of the Corona virus. We have seen a complete disruption to our lives, business, and the business supply chain.
It is important that we take the virus seriously but not to panic. We must be vigilant and extra careful especially if you are an older adult with underlining health issues.
I don’t want to downplay the seriousness of this pandemic, but it is important in times such as these that we are more creative, innovative, persistent, and resilient than ever before.
In Eric Greitens book entitled Resilience, he states “Resilience is a virtue that enables us to move through hardships and become better. None of us can escape pain, fear or suffering. Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, and from suffering can come strength, if we have the virtue of resilience.”
I am reminded of Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning in which he described his experience in a Nazi concentration camp. While he didn’t have as much freedom as his captors, he determined that he had the freedom to choose his response to what was happening to him.
The greatest impact on us, and those around us, is not so much what happens to us, but our response to what happens to us and we have the freedom to choose our responses.
As I observe multiple businesses, some doing very well, some just surviving and many that have just gone away, I am reminded that the key to success has less to do with talent and skill set and more to do with persistence and resilience.
If we can deal with our problems and struggles correctly, they will make us not only stronger individuals but stronger organizations as well. Be vigilant, don’t be scared, remain calm, and take prudent caution, and this too will pass.
Our circle of control is actually very small, and while our circle of influence is somewhat larger than our circle of control, most things are outside both circles. Remain calm, breath, and focus on that which you can control, influence, and work on to make your organization stronger as a result.
If you want to learn more on this topic, you can find the book: Crisis Management for Small and Medium Enterprises, a collection of advice from a group of six business advisors and consultants across three continents and four countries who specialize in working with small and medium enterprises, available on Amazon.
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