This quarantine life has me feeling completely out of control. It’s not working remotely that’s bothering me so much – working remotely is one of the many advantages of entrepreneurship.
When I decided to step out on my own in 2017 or should I say high dive off the cliff of financial security, I knew that it wouldn’t be easy. I would have to create a new normal with consistency and structure in order to be successful.
Creating was easy for me. Dreaming, vision casting, goal setting, planning those tiny action steps called “activities” that would lead to hitting my audacious and sometimes outrageous goals. This was fun. Making lists, updating my scheduling, meeting and coaching people, coffee dates, speaking engagements, teaching, hosting seminars, focus groups, and all the more.
The most rewarding of all was the ability to manage my own schedule and have plenty of time to meet the demands of motherhood for my ever-growing family of five. Yes, I have five amazing little mini – mes. They require so much nurture, love, and my most precious commodity of all, my time. I was prepared to give them the time they needed to feel loved, adored, valued, and wanted. The real motivation to entrepreneurship. In return, I felt loved, adored, valued, and wanted by the people that mattered most to me.
So now that the world has shut down due to Covid-19, why do I feel like things are so out of control? I mean this is the perfect storm for a coach/consultant to get comfortable at home with their own children creating, planning, and developing new systems and processes for efficiency and productivity.
In the last few weeks I have not been able to vision cast further than the next 24 hours. This has been difficult for me as I love to dream, and vision cast into the black abyss just waiting to see what I may catch and bring to life.
However, this quarantine has taught me to focus on the moment I am in and really celebrate the 24 hours I have been given – so though it may feel out of long-term control…I am forced to focus on the next 24 hours and accomplish the small things that require my dedication and attention today. My encouragement to you is to take the next 24 hours and make a list of the things you want and need to get done and focus on that. Living in the 24 is essential business.
Dr. Lauren Patterson