As I stated in my last post, I have been reading Change the Way You See Everything. In fact, I just finished it during my lunch break today. This is probably the fourth time reading through this incredible book.
In the closing pages I read today, authors Cramer & Wasiak challenged me to change the way I see situations. What is the current situation right now on April 27, 2020? The ongoing quarantine due to the corona virus. The economy of the world is crippled. Millions in the US are unemployed – and this happened in a mere matter of weeks. Small businesses are closing never to reopen. There is a lot of depression, fear, and despair.
If we’re honest, most of us focus on that last paragraph. The 24/7 news channels feed viewers a never-ending diet of gloom and doom. It seems as if everything is focused on what has gone wrong.
But what if we could see this differently?
Think back to September 11, 2001. When that day happened, I’m sure many thought New York would be forever devastated. But Mayor Rudy Giuliani provided this vision:
“Tomorrow New York is going to be here…and we’re going to rebuild, and we’re going to be stronger than we were before…I want the people of New York to be an example to the rest of the country, and the rest of the world, that terrorism can’t stop us.”
And New York did rebuild. One year ago, I stood at the World Trade Center Memorial. I walked the streets of the city. It has rebuilt. Our nation became stronger and more vigilant.
How did that all happen? How will we climb out of the hole we were thrown into these past few months? Can we? Yes, we can!
Cramer & Wasiak challenge us to apply the 80-20 rule…in reverse. “Instead of focusing 80% of your attention on problems and 20% on opportunities, concentrate 80% on opportunities and 20% correcting what’s wrong.”
So what are your opportunities?
- Devoting time to invest in your personal growth and development.
- Investing time to discover a better/more efficient way to get work done (hey, you already changed where you work – focus on how you work!)
- Ask, “How are my customers interacting with me now? What is working with this? What small tweaks can I make that would make it even easier for my customers to do business with me?”
- Ask, “How can I become more financially fit during this situation so I can better be prepared for the future? Who can I turn to for help with this?” (locally, here).
- Ask: “Who can I help right now? Who needs encouragement, support, or a friend?”
“…what if you could reach into the depth of that problem and extract a treasure – a wealth of information that could propel the situation forward in a way that benefits everyone involved, exponentially!”
Cramer & Wasiak offer solid advice:
- Get a new vision of your world today.
- “Turn yourself on by sharpening your vision” of what could be.
- “Link your passion, vision, and skill set with the strengths and capabilities of those you have attracted into your circle of influence.”
- Change how you think about problems and set-backs.
This is not an impossible situation we are all in. But those that will rise to the next level and challenge will be those who focus on the 80% of the opportunities this time is presenting to us.