Embracing the Unknown by BEING
by Trudy Frection, Leadership Coach, Accomplishment Coaching
Over the past weeks, as the Covid-19 crisis deepened around the world and all of us found our lives turned upside down, the 24-hour news cycle has kept us informed and increased our anxiety in equal parts. As I sat down to write this, I decided to share some of the things that I believe are helpful to keep in mind.
I read recently that, “We are Human Beings not Human Doings.” All of us seek answers or seek to provide guidance to others on, ‘what to do’ in this moment. The most important thing to me is to focus on how I am Being. Of course, I’m also doing what I need to do including taking obvious precautions like social distancing and washing my hands. As leaders, we can pause and choose how we want to Be and then share that authentic part of ourselves with our teams, our families, friends and neighbors. For me, that means choosing to stay calm, to deal with today’s facts and to avoid anticipating worries for an unknown future. Taking time out to look at those worries dispassionately allows me to see that a rush to be busy or take action may make me feel in control but in fact, in most cases it will only produce anxiety and stress that spills over to those around me. This same process of examining what I’m worried about may help me to identify something that I can address and lets me focus on taking meaningful actions and seeing creative solutions where they matter most.