“Sometimes things can go right only by first going very wrong.” Edward Tenner
And here we are. We exist at a time where the whole world has come to a grinding crawl, with the retail and hospitality industries taking a big hit. Which means that we, the citizens, denied our access to the dopamine of retail therapy and the opportunity to get away from it all suddenly find we have to find some other way of feeling good and ‘finding ourselves’.
Charles R Hobbs, of the original, non-Brian Tracy title TimePower, observed that when we go on holiday, the first thing we do on arrival is recreate the Comfort Zone that is home. First, we check the TV channels, and then we find out the wi-fi password. Is he right? Be honest.
Today, the comfort zones of shopping and the workplace have been denied to many, and to be fair that has resulted in a lot of imagination being utilised to cope with new challenges, which is arguably Mankind’s greatest skill. And as one esteemed philosopher put it, Mankind’s development has been the result of Challenge – Response.
The Challenge today is how to live in a confined space and feel happy, secure and productive for the period of the Lockdown. Of course, the nature of this lockdown is, shall we say, a bit like pregnancy trousers – there’s a bit of leeway that will expand and contract as needs demand.
Notwithstanding the ability or otherwise to do your paid work, we have a twenty-day window to:
- Discover Kindle e-books, which can be in your lap in seconds and can feed your mind on a subject of interest to you.
- Access on-line courses which can make you more employable.
- Do all those jobs around the house that have needed doing. (My kitchen FINALLY looks organised.)
- Talk to your partner and kids.
- And your neighbours, whether they work for the NHS or not.
- Telephone friends, neighbours and workmates using those unlimited minutes you’ve paid for.
- (Personal favourite) Study The Seven Habits, First Things First and Principle-Centred Leadership and discover new ways of thinking – how to think, not what to think – an important distinction. All available on Kindle and, if you’re clever, very cheaply.
- Read my blogs more often.
All of the above ideas, and any you can discover for yourself, will mean that you come out of the other side of this a better person, more organised, and possibly even more productive than before.
But, above all, doing something like those things will absolutely, unarguably and without fail MASSIVELY increase your sense of self-esteem – the value you place on yourself.
Go on – don’t just be a public hero like everyone else. Stretch yourself.
Win a Private Victory as well.