Dear Fellow ALPHA,
We are currently living in unprecedented times. Playgrounds, parks, schools and non-essential businesses are being closed across the world. We are being asked to remain home, only leaving for necessary trips to pick up food, medications, mail or other essential activities. For many, it feels as though each day produces a new level of uncertainty. During these times of uncertainty, many people can start to feel powerless and fearful of what’s to come. For others, they see this uncertainty as a gift. A chance to harness the pressure of these challenging times and ignite a change in their life.
For anyone who knows me personally or has read my book, American Strength: The Ultimate Guide to Health, Happiness & Success,you already know that I have had my share of setbacks. You also know that I see setbacks as a set-up for a massive comeback. This is because a foundational belief I hold is that challenging times are how opportunities find us. History is full of stories where in uncertain times people were able to find opportunities to move forward in spite of their current environment, to flourish in the face of adversity.
The fact is, many people are going through or are about to go through a transition, a reset, a change that will impact their lives moving forward. So, I decided to detail out 3 key benefits to being asked to shelter in place. A few ways to use this time for your benefit. A few ways you can take back some control by turning the negative feeling uncertainty brings and replacing it with the igniting power of possibility that unlocks the door for opportunity.
1. Take Inventory
Over the next few months a lot about our lives is going to change. Specifically the way we socialize and work. Our personal interactions are going to permanently evolve to some extent. The best advice I can give is to be ready for the change before it happens. Through all of the ups and downs I have learned it’s not the strongest that survive, it’s the ones who are willing and able to adapt to a new environment the fastest. Those who are willing to let go of what was in exchange for what will be.
The best way to adapt to a new environment is by tapping into our personal superpowers. The superpowers I write about are not in the comic book sense but in the sense that we all posses a certain set of abilities that separate us from each other. These innate abilities are our strengths and it's our strengths that unite us and propel us forward.
Having a strength-based approach to life, especially in our career, can have a profound impact on our ability to flourish in all situations. Plus, when we are working within our strength skillset we are usually enjoying ourselves, even during challenging times. This is because during challenging times we have to dig deep into our strengths to adapt and innovate new strategies in order to move forward.
However, having clarity and knowing what our innate strengths are is rare for most. Many times, people are stuck in unfulfilling jobs that never quite feel right and end up going throughout a large part of their life never having the time to figure out their true strengths.
Now is the perfect time to take inventory of what you're good at. Take time each day and write out what makes you different. Are you good at sales, cooking, woodworking, science, programming, landscaping or gardening? Maybe you have good interpersonal relationships and enjoy helping others improve their life?
In the near future, there will be new jobs available and old ones that will fade from existence. This will create a plethora of opportunities for many people. The ability to work from home, make extra income from their Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms and e-commerce (buying or selling products or services online) in general will continue to be the modern day boom town. There will be opportunities for those who are prepared to take advantage it.
So, take the time now and create a list out your abilities and talents. The things that seem to describe you and even better, excite you! In the coming months, the world will need excellent people, like you, to help launch us back into action.
2. Structure Healthy Habits
This reset is a great time to structure our lives for success, so that when things go back to normal we are prepared to hit the ground running. There are many different ways we can structure our lives to feel better, move better and ultimately live healthier lives. However, here are what I believe to be the 3 most important.
3. Get Excited
Watching the news and being informed is an important and critical aspect of our lives. However, watching it too much can also be depressing. If you are like me, the news seems like a bad infomercial. One where the infomercial salesman is about to say, but wait, there’s more!
In times like these it can be difficult to feel excited about much, let alone the future. However, that is exactly what we need to do, we need to find hope and possibility that something better lies ahead. To do this, I suggest that each day you find a few things that excite you. Does the possibility of discovering your strengths, as I discussed in the first section, excite you? What about developing a healthier lifestyle, one that will put you in the best shape of your life?
In conclusion, these unprecedented times are impacting everyone which means you are not alone. If we rally around our individual strengths I believe we will come out of these unusual times better than before. Better because we will have been battle tested, yet preserved and united by strength. The future has yet to be written, it is up to us to write the script. The resilience and ingenuity of the human spirit is unstoppable and I believe amazing things lie ahead.
Until Next Time,
Attack Your Life With Passion!
Co-Founder & CEO RAM ADVANTAGE