Why Waste a Good Crisis?

March 22, 2020

As I write this article, we find ourselves in the midst of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19. While it is crucial that we take every precaution to ensure our good health and safety, the over-consumption of stimuli caused by the numerous challenges surfacing from this experience can easily occur. 

 

However, there are ways to prevent this over-consumption and I'd like to offer you a different perspective for consideration and action.  So, here it is:  

 

A good crisis should never be wasted, but should always be used to drive you toward success. 

 

This present crisis could be the optimal time to jump-start your future and ensure that you emerge as a successful person!

 

A quarantine or "shelter-in-place" order could be the golden opportunity to skyrocket your upward trajectory. Let's be honest, in this fast-paced, hustle-and-bustle, do-it-over-and-over-again lifestyle we live, we have all yearned for some time to sort out our lives and be inspired to chart a new path forward. Well, the time is here!!

 

Now, as we proceed through this pandemic, your stagnation or success will come down to three basic principles:

  1. Drive:  Determination to keep going through the hard times is a requirement if you are ever going to reach the good ones (we'll talk about this more in a minute).

  2. Work ethic:  A majority of successful people will not spend their time watching television, surfing the internet, playing golf, or gossiping about the horrific things happening around them. Even while adhering to "stay home" orders, they will work 40 plus hour weeks from home and be on call 24 hours a day to advance their ideas and opportunities.

  3. Cause:  Having something to prove or a reason beyond the simple desire for wealth is almost always an essential ingredient for success. This may seem a little strange but many times it is the pains of youth that lead to success. 

For many, that last principle--having a cause--is considered to be the key factor in determining your potential for success. 

 

So, ask yourself, "What is my driving cause?" 

 

The answer to this question is much more important than just what you are working toward. I believe that the experiences of my past push me into constant action, which frankly, has resulted in my being a very cause-driven person. Here's the point I don't want you to miss: When the cause is great enough, you'll have the drive that gives you the work ethic to succeed.

 

My challenge for you this week:

 

Ponder the question of "What is my driving cause?" over this next week. Dig deep inside your heart and find an honest answer to that question. 

  1. Make a list of the experiences from your past that make you want to overcome?

  2. For each experience listed in step 1, mark "yes" or "no" to the following question: Are you willing to take consistent action to achieve a high level of success as a result of this experience?  

  3. Develop a set of daily "in-home" actions that you can take to advance your causes.

  4. Place yourself on an hourly schedule of actions and find someone to hold you accountable.

Yes, I realize the serious nature of the Coronavirus pandemic. I also realize how serious a successful future is to you. So, I encourage you to make the choice to replace horror with hope!

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