As a business coach, I am there on the frontlines with my clients as they navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. Some have been able to adapt and overcome quickly and seize the opportunities surrounding the crisis. But for others, their anxiety and fear are making it more difficult to focus on the task in front of them and lead their business into this next phase.
So today I wanted to share some tips for overcoming anxiety and fear to help lead your team during this challenging time.
Acknowledge your feelings are valid.
There are a lot of things right now that you have no control over, and for many of us, that uncertainty can manifest into fear and anxiety. If left unchecked, it can cripple your ability to make decisions for your team and business. So, to move forward you must first acknowledge that your feelings are valid and be able to recognize when your anxiety gets in the way of doing what is needed.
I have kept a business journal for years as a way to put my goals to paper, and the act of sitting down and processing my thoughts has proved especially helpful during this uncertain time. Connecting and sharing your fears and concerns with a business coach or online community is also an invaluable tool during this crisis. Other clients swear by apps like Headspace, which allow you a structured way to practice mindfulness and gratitude during this time.
Realize that procrastination is a defense mechanism.
With the amount of uncertainty in the world, you may find yourself putting off key decisions out of fear. When in reality, this is the time to make those key decisions and pivot your business to take advantage of opportunities your customer base needs right now. If you find yourself frozen, ask yourself these questions:
What information am I missing?
Do I absolutely need that information or would it just be nice to have?
When does it need to be done?
Is it reversible?
Taking your offerings "virtual" right now may seem like a huge undertaking. You may not know exactly how to put all the pieces together to make it a reality, so it sounds easier just to procrastinate. But once you realize it doesn't have to be perfect and it doesn't have to be a permanent change, it becomes much easier to pull the trigger and make it a reality.
Take control where you can find it.
Thankfully, there are still a lot of things that are in our control right now. Create a daily schedule, set aside focus time to work toward goals, get dressed, and take a shower every day. The more structure you put in your day-to-day life, the better you will feel.
Many of our business-coaching clients are using this time to work on their business systems and controls. By systemizing the core functions of their business and setting up simple internal controls, their team members are able to take on various parts of the business easier and with a higher rate of success. These controls will also prove helpful when they ultimately experience a boom on the other side of this pandemic.
Think about the worst-case scenario. Then stop thinking about it.
We have talked in the past about the idea of a "worst-case scenario."
Now, many of us have spent the past few weeks going over different scenarios in our heads. The what-ifs can be crippling if left unchecked. So, I suggest addressing the elephant in the room and tackling it head on.
Is this current situation permanent?
For the majority of us, the answer is no.
There will be some painful spots. There will be some adjustments. For many of us, the way we do business will be completely different when the shelter-in-place orders are lifted. But we are all first and foremost, business owners. And nothing will negate that fact. You have the drive to service your market and customers, and if you keep your anxiety in check, you will find a way to continue to service your clients after Covid-19.