How do you deal with an unprecedented situation for which you have no pre-existing mental frameworks... no appropriate prior knowledge?
That's the challenge our entire planet has been facing for the past several months.
How are YOU facing it? How are you holding up?
If you're like most of us, you may have been finding this time incredibly stressful on every level.
And yet, you may also be finding this challenging time a catalyst for creativity and growth.
At the Learn and Get Smarter community meeting last Saturday, we asked ourselves:
How can we be creative with our businesses and courses?
How can we find solutions instead of complaining?
One solution we discussed at the meeting was to "lean forward"... both physically and literally... so as to create a sense of energy and momentum (such as when appearing on screen in a Zoom meeting), and metaphorically by leaning forward into the future with energy and purpose.
We've been exploring the value of chaotic conditions, conditions of disruption, as a catalyst for developing new ways of doing things.
Considering the area of education in particular, we looked at educational resources that are especially available to us now.
We explored ways this can this time can provide opportunities to improve learning for ourselves, our families, our businesses, our communities, and our societies.
Some ideas we explored at the meeting included:
We are adapting to the current conditions through:
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How are YOU "leaning forward" in YOUR business?
An entrepreneur solves problems that are causing people pain.
Right now, the entire planet is in pain.
What solutions can we come up with, in our areas of expertise, to help alleviate that pain,
in alignment with our mission?
Your mission this week (should you feel inspired to accept it) is to look for examples that you find effective, of creative solutions that are working to keep people healthy, employed, connected, and fed.
Here's an example that I think is both creative and inspiring:
Air B n B has come up with the idea of "experiences" that people can reserve online (rather than reserving physical accomodation in homes). Air B n B hosts are inviting others into their homes virtually, since they can't invite them physically.
At next week's community meeting we will explore models of creative entrepreneurship and inspired social solutions.
How is YOUR business adjusting and adapting? Has your mission changed, pivoted, or remained the same?
How is your business and your mission contributing to the public good?
Let's continue to inspire ourselves and each other as we build community, collaboration and connection to strengthen our social and emotional capital in these challenging times.
Come to the community meeting on May 30th and keep the momentum going as we continue to explore ways to optimize our impact as thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs.
Saturday, May 30th 2020
9 AM Pacific/ 12 noon Eastern
At our Learn and Get Smarter community meeting on Saturday, May 2nd, we started filling in the content for the course we're creating about how to survive and thrive under changing conditions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic.
We started by sharing solutions we've each found, that are working for us, to take good care of ourselves.
Each solution, we realized, creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to move in and help fill new niches, including some that never existed before.
Solutions we found
that create opportunities for:
Setting up a home office
Home ergonomists, office planners, Feng Shui experts, professional organizers, furniture sales
Practicing meditation and mindfulness
Getting support and building community with others who share a vision of building online courses that make a difference.
Being in the midst of people who help us make sense of what's going on.
All of us in the Learn and Get Smarter community
Keeping a positive outlook. Acknowledging there's a cloud, and then looking for the silver lining in it!
Laughter coaches, humor writers, YouTube video creators, Meme masters
Finding ways to have fun.
Mind-mapping ways to have fun
Taking care of our physical selves through movement, exercise, and dance.
Physical trainers, dance, yoga, pilates and exercise instructors
Reflecting on how our vision for what we need to accomplish, has changed... and how it needs to change. Creating vision boards.
Life coaches, productivity planners, success coaches, therapists
Creating daily structure and schedules, with focus and purpose and gratitude.
Creating planners and journals. Doing Facebook Lives to teach our methods to others. Creating things to sell that have inspirational messages to give as gifts. Opportunities for home organizers, professional organizers, motivational workers. Opportunity to build social capital and goodwill.
Focusing on things we had meant to do before the pandemic but never had time for (cleaning out that closet, learning to bake bread, developing a skill.)
Creating online courses on ANY topic or skill
Developing a feeling of competence and control by creating new structures and systems and schedules that work with the current reality. Creating daily and weekly schedules that work efficiently and are predictable.
Instacart workers, people who want to help others by doing errands. Writing blog posts. Creating online processes for ordering and delivery and other systems for doing business while keeping people safe.
At next week's community meeting we will continue exploring solutions we're finding to take care of ourselves and our families...and brainstorming the business opportunities these solutions create for our community of online course creators.
Come to the community meeting on Saturday, May 9th, 2020
9 AM Pacific/ 12 Noon Eastern
Speaking of taking care of ourselves and our families: how are you feeling? How are you doing?
What solutions and opportunities are you finding to cope with the pandemic?
I notice that as time goes on, we may become better at handling the basics such as how to get food or cope with being at home, while finding the emotional aspects of social distancing more difficult to take.
One thing I find challenging is not being able to go out into nature (I realize that for some this is not an issue, while for others it is).
So I'm going to start exploring virtual reality as a way of experiencing environments other than the walls of my own home.
(This is an example of how the pandemic can create an accelerated learning curve... which may end up being a good thing.)
What new methods, modalities, and systems are you using to cope?
Write to Rebecca@learnandgetsmarter.com and let me know... and/or, come to the meeting and share what you've discovered that works!