Updated: Aug 24, 2020
During such a crazy time for all of us, I'd like to take an opportunity to share and encourage my readers with ways that we can all strive to remain positive. It's gonna take a bit more determination and strength than usual . Less than 6 months ago, no one could've ever imagined a time such as this. And, I'm certain that many of us hoped this would've all been over by now. What a major adjustment the pandemic has caused for each and every one of us. A time that we actually cannot leave our homes without covering up our face. A time when we cannot socialize or dine-out freely. A time that we have to be cautious with every step and with every breath that we take. A time when family, friends and co-workers have lost their lives and/or the lives of love-ones due to a virus that is seriously life threatening to any & everyone. A time when many have lost their jobs due to a sudden shift in the economy. A time when boarders & supply transportation have been delayed and shut down; therefore shipments and supplies to businesses in our country aren't being delivered as usual. A time when businesses around the world have shut down or they're struggling to remain open. Something that also comes to mind as I type this, is a recent video that was shared with me via Instagram of a nail salon here in LA currently providing services (both nail services including pedicures) to customers who are set-up & packed outside along a dirty sidewalk. Customers are actually there for services as the business owner promotes this being the only way that he's able to keep his business open. Talk about crazy times. It all is quite surreal. We must pray, remain safe, be hopeful and go the extra mile to remain positive during an uncertain time. Here, I will share a few tips that have helped myself and others to remain strong and hopeful while continuing to focus on growth... mentally, financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Mentally: Our mental health determines our overall well-being and helps us to deal with the challenges that we face in our lives. During such a trying time, this is a time that we can truly get to know ourselves in every way. And yes, every negative can be turned into a positive. Having great mental health is essential. Have you ever noticed that some people panic and/or fall into a deep/dark depression more quickly than others? However, some are able to overcome obstacles by picking up the pieces and moving forward faster than others? This is due to having a stronger mental state. Having a great support system can make a difference as well. And I'm speaking of mental & emotional support, not just financial. Great mental health is something that everyone should definitely strive to have; in spite of what we have or have not been through, it is a day-by-day process. As well, in effort to keep my mental strong, I limit myself to the daily news & non-stop social media. Yes, it's important to know what's going on in our world; however, your own self-mental needs come first. I do recommend watching CNN as a reliable source while remaining up-to-date on our economy status including Covid-19 updates and politics. However, do not drown yourself with it. Put your mental health needs first, always. Update yourself, and get back to reading that book, exercising, enjoying your music and planning your future. Stay away from large crowds and be very cautious while keeping in touch with family and friends virtually. Surround yourself with positive affirmations. Focus on everything that you love to do. Paint, sew, bike ride, skate, cook that new recipe, get better organized and read that new book. Take warm, candle-lit bubble baths, dance, blog, be creative; no matter what it is that you enjoy doing, now is a great time to execute those things. Do the things that you didn't have much time to do before now. Focus on having great mental health which requires self effort and necessary tasks that we must do for ourselves. Do the things that make your inner-self happy; which strengthens you mentally.
Financially: In spite of what anyone may think or say, this time can be the perfect time to launch that business you've been thinking about. Focus on doing what sets your soul on fire. Educate yourself. Learn every aspect of your passion. What does it take to trust your vision and to truly thrive? Find the right mentor. Work on your vision board and your business plan. Start small and build. You can do it! If you're working from home, utilize the extra time that you normally spent commuting and put that time towards doing great research, organizing while focusing on your marketing needs for your business. In my latest digital course, I share specific marketing strategies for every business level; large, small, new or old. At this time, make every penny count towards your future. Everyone's online at this time, so begin building your email list by asking your family, friends and colleagues to join your email list. Utilize this time to create great content. My course shares specifics regarding this subject as well. As far as shopping, now is the time to only focus on your needs; opposed to your wants. Focus on the needs for your business & future. Your wants will be fulfilled and at the right time. Now, is the perfect time to save as much as you can, while setting up your business and preparing to move forward with it; even virtually. Don't be afraid to start. Even if it's just starting your business plan, your logo design, choosing your brand colors, ordering those business cards, finalizing your marketing material while also solidifying your company's mission statement. Pace yourself and write down your daily, weekly and monthly accomplishments; both personally and for your business. Start and build your brand at this time. As an owner of multiple brands, during this pandemic, even more have reached out to me from around the globe and asked me "How?" Therefore, while mentoring many from different parts of the world, I've also designed a Digital Course that is now LIVE with step-by-step knowledge and proven success. Enjoy!
Physically: I was so inspired by one of my students in NYC who for the first time in her life, has become physically fit & yes during the pandemic. She has allowed no excuses. It's been so inspiring watching her transformation during our online training sessions. While many have been speaking of, or should I say blaming the pandemic for their "Quarantine Weight"- a new term & excuse that we often hear; all while others are taking advantage of this time to get their health and weight under control. All a part of remaining positive and preparing for a brighter future. Now, we have the extra time to workout and to focus on eating better. Let's take advantage of every moment that we can. No more excuses of a busy work schedule, etc. Me personally, during the pandemic, I now have the time to walk in the mornings and/or evenings. We must schedule this time for ourselves. Yes, gyms are closed but guess what? YouTube never closes. I discovere