How To Thrive During A Crisis

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What does it mean to thrive in our current Coronavirus crisis? Yeah, not just survive, but — all things considered — actually flourish.

Now, that doesn’t mean you aren’t human and have moments, if not weeks, of emotions all over the place! A walk to the mailbox might be your biggest accomplishment of the day. And that’s okay. For real.

Today, though, I’d like to concentrate less on the emotional side of the impact of this pandemic and what you can do, proactively, to better position yourself and thrive both during and after.

How To Position Yourself And Thrive During And After Pandemic

The most important step: Plan for the worst-case scenario.

When the NBA Commissioner announced there was no NBA season, Bret, my husband, and I took that one singular moment as a wakeup call. That was when we both looked at each other and said, “Life is going to be very different.”

The next morning, we cancelled everything we had planned for the day, sat down and carefully walked through each worst-case scenario imaginable. All the way down to…  

  • Businesses failing
  • Everyone around us had no money to help
  • Homes were foreclosed upon
  • Kids couldn’t get jobs or were sick or had to be home with us
  • Lost all of our investments
  • No place to live
  • Bankruptcy

Because we figured this out together and we know who we are, I just felt so much peace following that exercise. Side-note:

I also have peace because money and things don’t have a hold on me. I believe in abundance and, of course, I believe that God has His highest in mind for me.

Believing In A Source Greater Than Yourself Is One Way To Thrive in Difficult Times

Look, the best decisions are made when you’ve evaluated all the potential outcomes.

You have a choice not to be that person right now who is…

  • Trying to control things
  • Overwhelmed and living in fear
  • Ignoring the future

But remember, you can’t dominate the sea. A good captain stays calm and looks at the storm to see where it’s getting worse. And that’s what you need to do. Do not fear the unknown! Anxiety comes when we’re so worried about what might happen. 

However, if you think through worst-case scenarios and know what you’re going to do, then 99% of the time you’re going to thrive! And the 1% of the time the worst-case scenario happens, you’re going to be fine because you’ve prepared for it!

When You Plan For Worst-Case Scenarios You Will Thrive

Bonus step: Be of service.

That’s where Bret and I are these days. Every single day our full-time job is service. We wonder how to be of service to our:

  • Family
  • Community
  • Staff
  • Friends
  • Church
  • Members of the Marketing Impact Academy

For so much more on how to thrive during these Twilight Zone times, you must check out The Chalene Show below! You’ll find tons of tips that came from a recent powerful Zoom conversation with my dearest friends!

And don’t forget to subscribe to TCS for weekly podcasts dedicated to YOU and YOUR wellbeing during lockdown life. 


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