We are living in a strange moment in our history as a country/world. With so many ways to connect and communicate, it’s amazing how fast news travels and how easily you can stay in touch with anyone. 

For many of us, right now is a time of chaos and stress that is almost overwhelming. With the government shutting down businesses, schools, and places to connect with others socially, we are looking for ways to create normalcy. 

Maybe we shouldn’t. Maybe this is just what many of us need. 

  • Is this an opportunity for you to let go of some things? 
  • Can this be the time that will help you realize you aren’t in control and never were and never will be? 

I love the idea of shifting my mindsets. Hint: This is the perfect time to get started on your path to a SAGE Mindset.

 

The first mindset shift

My kids are out of school for at least six weeks and that is going to be difficult to manage for this family. Still, here’s a simple way my wife and I have adjusted our thinking: 

We’ve decided to shift from we “have” to figure out how to keep the kids on a schedule, still learning, and entertained to we “get” to do this and shape these next six weeks with purpose. 

Shift from you “have” to deal with the challenges of your situation to you “get” the opportunity to learn, grow, and empower those around you (employees, family, kids, etc.) during this time. 

 

Jocelyn Mozak had similar advice in a reply on Twitter:’

A great 1st step is changing our language. “Should” is a world of inaction and self abuse. It’s also victim language. If you replace “should” with “I’d like to” you can very quickly decide if this thing is truly what you want in your life.Click To Tweet

In my example – rather than we ‘should’ be doing certain things to keep our kids on a schedule, shift to we’d ‘like to’ do those things. The shift is in seeing things from a positive perspective.

 

The second mindset shift

This one will help you move toward routine. If you are like most people, your routine has been completely disrupted. I know mine has (even though I work from home 90% of the time). For those of you who are on the opposite end of the spectrum and are spending a lot more time at home, this mindset shift will pay dividends for a long time.

I’m sure you’ve already adjusted some things in your life. Some routines have likely changed, been eliminated, or have been added. Take some time to look at these routines and figure out what these new circumstances are teaching you about your home and work habits. What is causing the tension? What is creating energy and good experiences?

The shift here is to start thinking about what’s working and what’s not working in your work/home habits. Most of the time perspective is all we need to grow in powerful ways. For me, the changes in our lives have given me a new perspective on how much time I waste on my phone.

 

This time has also helped me get perspective on the importance of depth in my business relationships rather than how many connections I have. Click To Tweet

 

Ask yourself: 

  • What’s working in my daily behaviors, thinking patterns, and emotions I need to keep? 
  • What’s sticking out like a sore thumb in my behaviors, thinking patterns, and emotions that need to go away? 

~ Behavioral Resource Group

 

The third mindset shift

The third shift is about the bookends to your day. Life is going to be very different for the next several weeks. Why not leverage this change to create new morning and evening routines? These are the times not controlled by your work schedule. 

  • What do you need to spend more time doing in the mornings? 
  • What do you need to cut back on in the mornings? 
  • What do you need to spend more time doing in the evenings? 
  • What do you need to cut back on in the evenings?

For me, I’ve noticed this change of schedule has slowed me down a bit and the whole family spent a few moments cuddling in bed this morning. Is this something we can do daily? No. But maybe this is something we can do more of. In the evening my wife and I watched one less show and spent more time playing a game and chatting instead. This is definitely something we can do more of.

What shifts can you make to your home routines in the morning and evening? 

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