In case you’ve been asleep for the last month, you know the world is essentially on lock down due to the COVID19 virus. Most of us are observing social distance and staying home where possible to slow down the spread of the virus. While we may be tempted to check out or binge TV and snacks, there are still some important ways we need to show up:
1. If you are working from home, you need to show up at work. Even though you aren't in the office, you still need to show up at work, on time and with professionalism that shows you take your job seriously. If you are telecommuting and know that you have a video conference, look like the person who shows up at work. I don't think I need to say anything else, right?
2. We need to show up for the future. Most of us are looking at a potential “new normal” at work. And while we are currently “sheltering in place”, that won’t always be the case. Whether we return to interacting socially in three weeks or three months, you should be thinking about how you want life to look next. Do you want a career change? Are you interested in a promotion? Now is the time to prepare for it. Find resources such as books or online classes that will help you get ready. Would you like to add services to your business offerings? You now have a block of time to research and map out implementing those new ideas.
3. We need to show up for our families. This time of working at home is a great time for family building. As a coach I’m always looking for greatness wrapped in the ordinary, and family can represent an unexplored gold mine. You could discover hidden talents in your children, create a family wealth strategy and strengthen the bonds of your marriage relationship. This means we must mark this time together as precious -- even vital -- for what our families become.
4. You need to show up for yourself. There are unspoken, unacted-upon dreams that you might have given up on. Now is the time to consider what you really want and work to bring those things to fruition. Daily lives can be so busy that the cries of your spirit get lost in activity. Don’t waste this time: have the conversation, write (or read) the book, try the new thing you’ve been thinking of. As you consider the future and become more present for your family, don’t forget to show up for yourself.
We have all been given the gift of pause. Take a deep breath and ask, “How can I make this time count for my family, my future and myself?” Put the stressors on the back burner and show up today for what is most important.
You are loved.
Michele Aikens is CEO and Lead Coach of Sepia Prime Communications and Coaching.