As you hear more news about rising Coronavirus infection numbers and unfortunate deaths, it’s easy to worry about what the future might hold.
After all, some of the record-breaking unemployment figures are downright frightening. Entire industries will be forever changed by this crisis. And many people will be forced to pursue a new career direction as demand for products and services changes, often dramatically.
Your job might be one of those impacted. But avoid the temptation to be paralysed by thoughts of what might happen. Worry doesn’t do you or anyone else any good.
Take a positive approach instead. Think about the possibilities this crisis has opened up for you.
What are your skills right now? What are your dreams? What skills do you need to make those dreams happen?
For example, jobs in Public Health, Medical Science, Education and Online Learning, IT and Websites are only going to increase. Do any of those interest you? If you’ve ever wondered about a new career, this is the time to start thinking ahead.
Also think about the nature of work going forward. For example, working from home is likely to become much more mainstream going forward. You might be working from home right now. Are you becoming more familiar with its various advantages and drawbacks relative to working in an office?
Besides your current work, what else could you do from home, if you had the chance to do something new and exciting?
Or if you prefer working more closely with colleagues, what could you do in an office with a new outlook on life once this pandemic has passed?
The real winners of this crisis will be the ones who are willing and able to adapt, change, shift direction, learn new skills, forget their history and build and create a new and bright future.
Think about these new ideas right now.
One small step could be doing an online course in something that fascinates you. It doesn’t have to be career-related. It could be anything that makes you feel more engaged with the world and more alive.
Now perhaps you really do want to get better at using Excel, for example. Or maybe you want to understand the basics of what the marketing department or accounting department are doing.
Or maybe it’s time to indulge your interests in Renaissance art appreciation, bird identification, or learning French instead. It really doesn’t matter what “it” is, only that you try to learn something fresh and grow as a person.
Good sources for online learning include Udemy.com and Coursera.org. They offer a wide variety of courses for those seeking to acquire new skills, enrich their lives, and improve their job and career prospects.
But perhaps you’re not sure about a course yet.
Instead, maybe the first small step you need to take is the simple realisation you need more purpose in your life. Perhaps you’re feeling as if your spark has dimmed. That you’re living on automatic pilot and doing the same things every day with the same types of results and feelings.
When you feel that way, it’s a sign you need change. You need to feel your specific value and follow your dreams.
After all, doing your thing or fulfilling your dreams is what you’re after in life, isn’t it? It’s what you’ve been looking for all this time and what you aspire to be doing.
This gives you a “coming home” feeling so you can escape your current chains to live in a free, purposeful and enlightened way. It’s an intense and powerful feeling.
What’s more, it’s probably something you’ve always felt residing within you, but you haven’t dared or been allowed to pursue it.
Now the disruption caused by the Coronavirus may have awoken something in you and enabled you to discover it.
And that’s how to make the most of this crisis.
As the world changes, so should you. Be hungry for personal growth, development, healing and striving to deliver a united healthy world.
We’re all in this together.
What’s more, growth also means safety in these uncertain times. Relevant skills are what will make your job and career safe now and in the future. That includes the skills you have now (and can improve) and skills you have yet to acquire (but you haven’t bothered to do so … yet!)
It all starts with your own initiative to think about the kind of life you want going forward.
What’s your purpose in this world? What do you really want to do?
Times of crisis create massive opportunities for change. Is there something you have always wanted to do and never got round to it? This is your opportunity to follow your dreams.
We can help you take the all-important first steps. Just complete the form on this page explaining your current situation and dilemma and we’ll get back to you.