Last week I listened to the Suits & Sneakers What’s The Future webinar by Erik Kruger who addressed the topic of Leadership In Transit – and yes I’m inspired. COVID-19 has left leaders navigating the ‘their businesses’ in uncharted territories and we are leading from change to transition. Erik said, before you can lead others, you need to lead your inner transitions first and use this time to deepen your character. This means an intense look at your strengths and weaknesses, how to harbor trust not territory, cultivate hybrid vigor and remember it takes lots of little actions to create a reaction. Yikes… don’t quote me on this – his version sounded a lot cooler!
“Leadership requires two things: A vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it” Simon Sinek.
So, all of this got me thinking, we have all found ourselves saying this at some point during COVID-19 – “I can’t wait for things to go back to normal”, but as the weeks roll on, I realised I want a brand new normal. What I didn’t realise at the time was that our ‘normal’ was broken to some extent – most of us felt major anxiety, running a rat-race kind of life and forgetting to actually be in the moment – ok, ok maybe I’m just talking about me here, but I think if we are honest with ourselves there may be a few more out there just like me. Being a mom of 3, juggling was what I did and I got good at it, but that doesn’t mean I should have entertained my circus traits.
Over the last few weeks, I experienced a transition. Starting this lockdown to now, I know it sounds cliché, but it has felt like an awakening – a scary and awesome realisation. I feel like myself again, my batteries are once again super-charged and I’m ready to go. I’ve felt a change from fear, shock and anxiety to optimism, calm and happy. Being a control freak, I couldn’t help, but want to be in control – yet I realised that this is beyond my control. But what I can control, is how I react to the circumstance.
This helped me transition into my new normal – and hopefully there’s a few take-aways for you too:
T – Train your mind
R – Reach for what you want
A – Avoid fear
N – Never ignore your physical, mental or emotional balance
S – Stop thinking about the past
I – Identify what you are doing well and what you can do better
T – Think differently, challenge yourself
I – Invest in yourself
O – be Optimistic for the future
N – Not in your control, then not worth dwelling on
Socrates said it best “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”.