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#ThursdayThought – Keeping A Right Perspective

During challenging times, our attitudes and outlook can get distorted, negative and despairing at times.

By keeping the right perspective, we can encourage others to see through difficult times and keep our organizations, companies and communities connected and intact.

Here’s how to keep a right perspective:

  • Know that nothing is ever permanent, and troubling times are temporary as well.
  • Taking the time to reassess your goals.
  • Refine your plans and strategy.
  • Serve others. Lose yourself in meeting other people’s needs.
  • Humor. Laughter is the best medicine. Appropriate humor can cheer up the soul and redirect hopelessness.
  • Cast a strong and broad vision to others.
  • Appreciate what you have.
  • Exercise. Stretch. Breathe.
  • Be thankful. Thank others. Appreciate the people you connect with.
  • Find the road through and what will be on the other side.

Thoughts and activities like these help gain a more sober view of what is going on and can greatly encourage you in your efforts to inspire others to do the same.

Know that nothing is ever permanent, and troubling times are temporary as well.

Only through the proper perspective can we get through a crisis with an intact mindset ready to build others up again.

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During A Crisis, Think About The Future

It may be difficult during an emergency or time of crisis to think along these lines, but a solid leader will usually have her or his eyes on what happens after a difficult time is over.

Our normal tendency during crisis periods is to survive, defend in place, protect our business and our employees, or other mission-critical items that have to be triaged.

Having the ability to steer a crisis towards a better future can be the difference between surviving and thriving after it’s all over.

And yet the future still needs to be considered during these times as well.

Consider these future-focused thoughts during a time of calamity:

  • Rallying the team after pulling through the crisis
  • Possible promotions for those who showed tremendous skills and behaviors
  • Helping customers recover and get back on their feet
  • Developing a new or revised crisis protocol plan
  • Finding and developing a new system, technology, product or process that the crisis exposed
  • Recovery of your organization, labor force and financial stewardship

While the mission-critical items of getting through a catastrophe intact are paramount, by keeping a mind on the future state that the crisis brings, a great leader can align actions towards faster recovery, quicker reparation of morale, and a stronger financial and operational platform for their organization to move forward … as well as plan better for any future calamities.

Being future-minded in a trying time is a matter of seeing the bigger picture than the crisis that’s present before everyone. Surviving the crisis is Job #1.

Having the ability to steer a crisis towards a better future can be the difference between surviving and thriving after it’s all over.

Stay calm and focused in every situation.

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The Ultimate Purpose

Through this current Covid-19 crisis or any crisis, our thoughts turn to the immediate as our survival instincts kick in.

And even in the immediate, some people will still turn to self-preservation mode in order to stay in power, not lose influence, make more money, gain notoriety.

The fact of the matter is, in times of crises jobs are lost, money evaporates, people die and livelihoods are destroyed.

So what is the ultimate purpose of trying to lead through a crisis?

It’s what’s left after this is all over.

Our families, friends, customers, colleagues, and strangers that we served to rescue are what’s always present and what’s left if everything else goes away.

By focusing on what we’ll know we’ll have after any crisis – family, friends, coworkers, neighbors – we need to be mindful of how we’ll treat them on the road to recovery afterwards.

In being compassionate for others first, lifting others up and sacrificing some of our own comforts (which may be gone after an emergency situation), we will gain the right perspective for the ultimate purpose of leadership.

Serving others through good and bad times for a common goal.

Stay safe and focused on others.

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