The Definition of Success Has Changed in 2021 – for the Better

In 2020, everything changed due to the COVID19 outbreak, and how people reacted to it. With the shifts that happened within companies and with unemployment hitting more lives than we thought, people adapted, therefore goals and priorities have changed greatly, taking the definition of “success” along with them.

Everyday life became about survival rather than chasing the highs of professions and hobbies. Individuals and businesses alike had to reevaluate their goals and priorities, and at the end of the day, the number one priority became surviving this pandemic situation.

But on the upside of this horrible domino effect, is that people are starting to reinvent themselves and unearth their true passions.

In this very confusing time, businesses are finding opportunities to expand and rebrand, and individuals are finding opportunities to venture to new areas. Because of this, people became more passionate, ambitious, and more outgoing. We’re desperate to get our “old life” back, but at the same time, we’ve already given up on it and want something different, something more.

What does this mean for businesses and small corporations, and how can they use this? Firstly, company owners, founders, and CEOs need to calculate the changes that are happening to their employees.

What is working from home doing to them? What can they do to help them stay motivated? Are there new projects or positions that opened because of the pandemic? And if so, are there qualified people already in the company who can take over? A lot of companies found a way to expand during the pandemic.

Either finding new customers abroad, or more clients, maybe breaking into a new country, or becoming a remote company, rather than a company people can visit. This can mean online consultations and international shipping alike, and introducing it to a company usually takes a lot of time, but now people are bound to make this change, as it’s the only way to stay afloat nowadays.

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A lot of young adults’ ambitions came forth, them becoming a huge asset for companies everywhere. Their knowledge of trends, and the online world can be a handy weapon in any company’s arsenal, and their work ethic has never been better.

Lastly, people are realizing what matters to them. They’d much rather support small, individual businesses than giant conglomerates, and these small businesses need to grab this opportunity before it passes because using this might make or break these small corporations or businesses.

We can all use a break from reality right about now and get back on track, but of course, we can’t. What we can do is grab this opportunity by the throat and grow as people and as businesses.

As an individual, your number one goal should be professional growth and financial freedom. For some, this means starting a business they’ve been scared to start, or starting training that makes them a bigger asset.

Some companies slow down, take a few steps back, and others find a way to expand and grow in these times, noticing the opportunities this pandemic has brought with it. And truly, the ability to notice these opportunities even in the worst of times is what makes a businessman a great one.

About the author

Russell Ridgeway is an American writer based in Budapest, Hungary. He writes in business, tech, and fashion as well as creative fiction. You can reach him by email (russell@lensawork.com), or on LinkedIn and other social media platforms.

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A digital prescription for the pharma industry

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

Leading With High Emotional Intelligence (EQ) While Working Remotely

With the challenges that accompany remote working, the application of high Emotional Intelligence, (EQ), is very necessary to succeed.

Some quarters have termed EQ as a more driver of success in leadership, than IQ. With the necessity of remote working, the need for EQ is becoming more apparent.

When you exhibit substances like confidence and empathy in remote working, you display tendencies of being able to thrive in the leadership space.

Listed are some ways you give a spark to your EQ while working remotely.

Laughter

A leader with a good EQ must first be self-aware, as it often brings out confidence.

As a leader, you have to understand both your strength and weakness.

Simply laughing at yourself may likely decrease your anxiety.

A self-aware leader, will admit to his failures and have a laugh off about it.

This inspires trust in your team, as they see you as approachable.

Laughing at your own shortcomings shows that you are confident and comfortable.


Also read, Emotional Intelligence: How To Make It Work For You


This is, even, more quite essential in this remote working system, as you have missed the connections with the physical office.

Sometimes, remote working in the day might just spill over to the night, which rarely happens in normal office time, therefore it would be necessary for work, not to be taken too seriously.

At this point what is needed is a tonic of laughter, to ease the tension in hard times like these.

Know when to quit

In times like these, when you cannot simply walk over to your colleague in your office space, tools like Slack, Asana, etc., have made communication quite effective.

These tools can, however, be easily abused. Sometimes, leaders ought to understand how the tone of their messages will be received on these platforms since there is no physical meeting.

You do not have to start firing questions at an alarming rate and equally expect quick responses.

A display of high EQ is necessary here, so as to allow for great feedback from your team members

Show empathy

This quality is a very strong attribute for people with high emotional intelligence display.

In a remote working system, you may have a good setup, but your team might not be convenient with that arrangement.

Remember that, not all your team members have good internet connectivity, a quiet home office and other factors that can guarantee.

With all sincerity, working remotely can be pretty overwhelming.

True that some of these challenges may not fly away overnight, however, the method leaders can take is what will make the difference.

Leaders should create an enabling platform, for open dialogue with their teams.

Casually checking on your team will give them the opportunity to ask questions, then, you can communicate with them, beyond a formal level.

Your employees are humans and not robots. Treat them with empathy. Conversations like these can assist leaders have a better grasp of how their team is faring.

A bit of relaxation is, even, needed in your formal meetings. Do not take it too hard on them.


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Navigating through Pandemic-Related Risks in Emerging Markets

Even when the pandemic would have, eventually, been under a form of relative control, the coronavirus would still pose a threat to many emerging markets.

These are markets from countries, with unequal governance, poor healthcare system, overpopulated urban slums, coupled with extreme poverty.

In some countries, there are indications of instability in the region’s politics, with civil unrest.

These and many more would pose many disadvantages to foreign investors, trying to dabble into these emerging markets.

Prior to the pandemic, the business atmosphere in the regions of these emerging markets, are already becoming unfriendly.

Now that the pandemic has taken its toll on a global scale, it will appear very difficult for ease of business navigation, especially, foreign investment.

With travel restrictions still in place, investors may find it difficult to get a piece of first hand information on their investment destination.

Some developed countries have flattened the curve, however, travelling to developing countries would still get restricted.

Some governments would not allow it and asides that, national health restrictions and also, the bankruptcy facing some airlines, would make the situation, much tenser.

Foreign investments would, eventually, have to secure strong, local partnerships, even though, each carries its own risks.

Local partnerships come a long way when foreign investment is making its way into an emerging market, as they can make a significant difference.

On the flip side, too much reliance on local partners, such that the investors would have less direct insight, can lead to unnecessary liability.

With the current physical distancing, businesses can get worsened and cultural differences can, also, get heightened.


Also read, Post Pandemic Recession: Strengthening Our Economy Through Diversification


Some business situations may lead to misconception and since the pandemic has made movement difficult, communication might, also, get affected; a situation that leads to cultural insensitivities.

Considering the weight of the pandemic, governments in emerging market regions may pose as a hindrance to foreign investments.

The system is already overwhelmed, with health challenges, an economic downturn from loss of jobs and foreign debts.

Even as some government officials try to self-isolate, the tendencies in attending to foreign projects may likely get affected as they have health-related issues to worry about.

For instance, in Africa and the Middle East, a significant number of the country’s leaders, are well over 60, a result that poses a COVID-19 related risk to them.

At this point, many of them are left with no option, than to stay back in their country, as they cannot carry out their usual medical tourism any longer.

This is a development that is not favorable, as a lot of awaiting projects for approval, would remain unattended to for long.

Crisis situations, like these, can overwhelm governments, in developing economies, investments will get stalled, money wastage will increase, as companies will battle over changes in government policies and priorities.

In all these, investors can still navigate business environments, through the following:

Reconsider your local partners

The capacity of a local partner would, definitely, have a direct effect on the risk option of an investor.

Consider their strength and weakness, also and if physical distancing has tied investors’ hands, in over-reliance on local partners, then, they should consider new training and capacity development for them.

Know the government’s current priorities

At this point, political connections are required to deal with this new situation.

You may have to reach out to some top government officials, or probably get engaged with local consultants, who can call for priority investment.

Consider the different human dimensions in the pandemic

Just like every other person, your local staff and partners will, definitely, have concerns over their health issues and the crisis ruining the economy.

The stress from the pandemic is enough, to cause government officials to get exhausted.

Investors should, therefore, reiterate their commitment to the country of concern, by supporting its recovery growth.

Emphasizing how the investment would help bring jobs for the local community.

Investors need to take a new look, at the effects of the pandemic, on their target country, in order to be well informed, of the eventualities that might work in their favour.


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4 Ways your Business can Benefit from Cloud in this Pandemic

Before the pandemic, a significant number of businesses have moved their businesses online.

Now with the pandemic fully blown, more businesses have been forced to join the cloud train.

Not all these enterprises, however, have the required facility, to run the cloud.

A simple way your business could pull through this pandemic effect is to leverage cloud computing.

The concept of cloud computing is not new, as businesses have sought after it, to modify their structure.

Indications have it that, a large percentage of workload, will run through the clouds and COVID-19 has appeared to be the booster for the digital process.

With the ravaging effect of the pandemic, your firm should not get caught unprepared for eventualities.

Adoption of cloud computing can ensure that your company possesses the facilities required, to face the current challenges.

Here are 4 ways to ensure that your business remains relevant:

Cybersecurity

The digitized world of business has been prone to cyber attacks, however, the coronavirus pandemic has increased the challenge.

A report from McKinsey, shows that the increased work from home, in this period has seen an increase in cyberattack rates in organisations, through their digital platforms.

Cybersecurity, backed by cloud, have the ability to solve many challenges facing a lot of businesses in this period.

When you keep your security operations in the cloud, you enable your firm, more digital prowess, as more platforms leverage artificial intelligence, to find out cyber threats.

Remote Working

Before the pandemic, some organisations allowed some employees to work remotely.

With the pandemic fully blown, a large chunk of organisations, especially, the private firms, have duly embraced working remotely.

Even after the world gets over the effects of the pandemic, it is unlikely that some offices will be fully opened.

With the stay at home, work from home policy, it is important that businesses find ways of managing their workforce, beyond the office walls.

Video conferencing platforms have become necessary tools, for remote working.

Zoom has become the most popular of them all, however, if it boils down to simply messaging, then, Slack can offer a cloud solution.

Your workers may not have to worry about challenges, like internet connection and data usage.

Document Sharing

In an endless chain of email, important documents can get lost, but with cloud-based documents, you can easily share the piece of document for viewing and accessibility, by anyone who needs it, without spending hours trying to dig them out.

With people no longer together in the office, it is becoming more difficult to keep up with sharing physical documents together, however, document-sharing platforms, backed in the cloud can save the day.

Google Docs and Dropbox can make this easy for your team members.

Scaling

Uncertainty looms in times like these, for larger digital firms, experiencing growths.

The same cannot be said of smaller organisations that are looking to downsizing.

Businesses must seek ways to remain solvent in times like these.

The cloud does not require any physical server to operate.

That is why you can use as little, or much computing power as you require.

According to research conducted at MIT, data centers on-site require up to a year to get built properly.

With cloud computing, you scale, without waiting all these long years.

COVID-19  has come with some unknown factors that have directly affected all our daily lives, therefore, your business needs to dive into the cloud, to explore the many advantages it offers.

It is not too late to leverage cloud, for the benefit of your business.


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How to Create A Contact Page that Generates Leads

Building up a site with great content, attractive design, promoting it and ultimately converting it into revenue is what we all want.

But have you ever looked at your site from the user perspective?

Or created a site that gives precise information for better engagements? You might say yes to all such questions.

Now, another series of important questions arise:

If you have given ample time to create your contact page? Will you be able to generate leads with that contact page?

And the answer is yes, for both questions. But why will we spend our energy and time to create a better contact page.

Let us look at the reason for it first:

Why should we give priority to create the “Contact” page?

People randomly visit your site and chances are, they might feel it is boring to read the full description, hence closing it, within a few seconds.

In that case, your contact page will work perfectly, where they can write about what they are looking for and connect you directly.

Information gathered by the cookies are not enough to convert your business into revenue, as you don’t know about the personal information of users and connect with them.

In that case, you need to make them fill your contact page.

You can, also, include a contact page as your landing page in your social media account.

That will surely increase your success by 50%.

Let’s see some benefits of creating a contact page that generates lead:

Place your contact page to the right place

Is it right to place your contact page, right before the description? Or it should be placed at the bottom of the page?

Or a separate page should be assigned for it? You might be confused, while thinking about the placement of the contact page on your site.

The best answer, therefore, depends on the content of your site.

Yes, don’t go with a single directive and analyze the results you actually want for your site.

You can create a dedicated page or place the contact page in the “About Us” column.

You can, also include it in the sidebar, if you are a content marketing-based organization, for catching the attention of the audience.

Ask for Minimum and right information

You can increase the conversion rate to 120% while asking for minimum information from the readers, while they will fill the form.

Nobody wants to fill more personal information to a random site they are visiting.

Try, therefore, to create a short length page, with minimum fields to fill.

There is no use in asking about their goals in life, pet names, etc., so, just stick to asking the name, email and exact query they want to ask from you.

Here’s an example of a contact page created by a famous digital marketing site SEMrush.

 

For giving a demo to the user, SEMrush is just asking for your name, your company name and size followed by email information on the next page.

Since a dedicated page is created to contact you, it is well organized along with asking for the exact information for better performance.

Include your social media contact

With no doubt, it is an era of social media, where any updates in the world are given in social media first, rather than telecasting it on television.

This fact tells us that audiences are more active in social media than anywhere else, which makes it a priority for advertisements.

So, why not include all your famous social media addresses in the contact us page itself.

Adding social media profiles, will give leverage to the users to contact you, where they are more comfortable, as they find it more exciting and affinitive.

Think smart and do the best possible for your business.

Come up with smart action call

We have usually seen the “Submit” and “Done” option, after filling a form.

These buttons seem to be okay, when we genuinely want the information from the developers, but what if we are just surfing a site and want some information?

At that time, you can add ending buttons, with the title like “Go for it”, “High Five” or “Send your message”, to encourage the user for better results.

The idea may sound normal for those who created the site, but from the point of view of the reader.

It may come up as another reason to contact you, as it means you are always ready to help your customers with high energy.

Cross-check your form well and give confirmation to user

Your first fault is to ignore the contact us page design and place it at the right place and the next one is to test it well, after the final placement on the site.

Everything is going well, right from the start, from high-quality content, eye-catching and smooth design, to perfect execution, but you are not receiving any messages or notification for your site.

Your first step will surely be to cross-check all the technical error possibilities and check if everything is fine but, in the end, you will find a small error in contact page code.

As a whole, thus, you have wasted a lot of time and energy in the search process, rather than testing the contact page in the beginning.

So, give priority to test the page too and connect easily to users, for better performance.

After reading this information, I guess you are convinced by the idea that a contact page can, also, generate leads.

And that too, in an unbelievable manner, so, before updating anything on your website, just try these easy tips to get better conversions and hence, more revenue.

About the Author

Maria Kingston is a content writer of Search Engine Marketing, a digital marketing company that offers professional SEO and internet marketing solutions worldwide

These Questions on the COVID-19 Pandemic Can Define the Future of Your Business

In this very defining moment of our lives due to the pandemic, a few thoughts, or rather questions, must have been running through your mind on what the future of your business will entail.

The pandemic has altered the way business is operated, across the globe, however, are these changes temporary, or permanent?

In my years of experience in dealing with hard times, such as recession and some unexpected financial downturns, there are some vital thoughts that have crossed my mind, which I would be sharing.

Let us examine some of these salient questions you need to ask on the future of your business.

Should I provide paid time off?

In these pandemic times, business owners have frequently asked, if offering a paid time off should be considered, in their employees’ benefit package?

As at the period COVID-19 was at its peak, many employees with sickness had refused to take days off from work, due to financial reasons.

In some countries, the legislative arm of the government had to, temporarily, enforce employers of labour to offer family and paid sick leave to their employees.

The question is, therefore, what happens when the temporary legislation is over?

Will you continue paying your sick employees paid leave, or not?


Also read, 3 Tips That Will Keep A Business From Failing


As an employer, you may try adopting a policy on a paid time off, for your business.

This will ensure that your employees can get the necessary time off, when they are ill, without worrying about money.

Alternatively, your employees can work from home, if they just have a common cold.

Preparing for future emergencies

You might not have had preparations for the pandemic, however, you do not need to start mulling over the present.

Rather, take a lesson and make plans for the future. Whether it is a pandemic crisis or another emergency, you should have plans that look like these:

  • Alternative form of work arrangement, e.g., remote working
  • Mode of communication with your employees
Should I take my business fully remote?

For some businesses, the pandemic was the drive they required, to kick-start a remote working model.

Are you one of those ventures that started work remotely, at the onset of the pandemic?

You might just be wondering, whether, or not, to continue with the model, after the pandemic abates.

If the remote work appears to be working for you, then, you can just permanently adopt the model, moving forward.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, adoption of the remote model of work has given us what to think about, in terms of what works and what does not work.

You might ask questions like:

  • Was there a drop in the productivity level?
  • Can it be maintained, over a long period of time?
  • What are my employees thoughts about it?
  • What about my customers? what do they think about it?

Remote work might be the best for you, or not, depending on your operations and business model.

Working remotely comes with its advantages, such as:

  • More flexibility for your employees
  • Attracting talent without borders
  • A drop in overhead cost

It, also, comes with its own disadvantages, such as:

  • More security risks
  • Miscommunications

If you are not sure of adopting the remote model of work, fully, even after things return to normal, let some of your employees stay back at home and compare their productivity, with the ones working in the office.

From the statistics gathered, you can determine what to adopt, thereafter.

What are my strengths and weaknesses?

Put down your strengths and weaknesses. Make a SWOT analysis, so as to better your organisation.

In this period, ask yourself these questions:

  • What made me stand out in particular?
  • Why did I fall short?
  • What do I need, to make improvements?

Observing the strengths and weaknesses of your business operations would open your eyes to possibilities to explore.


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The concept of Leadership is about Team Inspiration

It is the explicit role of leaders, to keep on showing appreciation while asking for feedback from their team, or followers.

The success of your organisation is much dependent on your ability to hold communication with your team members.

Having that ability to rightly communicate with your team can, surely, prove inspiring to your employee.


Also read, Bad Leadership Is A Pitfall; Do Not Ignore The Signs


Providing them the drive to energise their morale, to be committed and effective at work.

Having knowledge of the right kind of words, however, does not sometimes come that easy.

I would be sharing some important leadership concepts things that leaders ought to voice out to their team members, to help them stay on track.

Knowing what to say, to trigger this kind of response is, however, not always easy.

Allowing shared thought

Leaders are good speakers but they are, also, meant to be great listeners.

Often times, leaders talk too much and they do not care to listen to voices that appear lower than their position.

With this type of approach, the leader creates a damaging culture around the team and this would not mean well for the business, in the long run.

Leaders should rather, make available a safe atmosphere for their team to encourage them, so as not to hold back valuable opinions for the organisation.

As a continuous action, people in leadership positions ought to seek the thoughts and ideas of the team.

Appreciate your team

That little appreciation, which you consider not important, might just go a long way for your team members.

As a successful entrepreneur, looking back, you would realise that, you got some support from people around you and they really deserve to get that due appreciation.

When you show appreciation, you are telling your members that they are not just working for you, but with you.

Admit you don’t know

Some may consider this as a sign of weakness, but in reality, it is not.

This is just one of the best things you can do for your team.

This tend to bring a collaboration that leads to a quick solution to the challenge in question.

Your employees are empowered and they tend to be proactive because they saw your genuineness and they would not like the company to go down.

As a leader, you do not have to pretend that you are knowledgeable, when actually you do not have all the answers.

Improving on their performance

Asides showing appreciation to your team members after a job well done, as a leader it is in your position to show them that there is always room for improvement.

When you inflate their ego with your appreciation, make them also realise their shortcomings so that you keep everything balanced.

Ask them what can make their life easier

You can easily say to an employee, “thank you”, or provide necessary tools to make their job productive.

This appears good, but how often do you ask them about their other part of life.


Also read, Leadership Is Not All About Vision; These Things Will Make Your Team Thrive


Asking this question will make them open up to you and who knows, your advice or opinion might just be the solution they require for the challenge.

What are your employees’ interests?

People in leadership positions would need to be genuinely concerned about what motivates his, or her team members.

Getting to know their goals, shows that they are valued by the leader.

With this genuine concern, your team members feel a sense of empowerment and take the necessary steps to take the company to the next level.


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Social Distancing Might be too Overwhelming for your Employees

Leading a team with effectiveness means that the leader possesses the ability to gain trust, with his or her followers, however, any slight form of barrier might spell a level of distrust.

Over the past few months, I have learnt that the pandemic has brought about some changes that are affecting the way we interact, especially, between leaders and their teams.

If your business is still permitted to open, consider the last time you had a face-to-face chat, with any of your employees.

You were likely maintaining some decent level of social distancing.

The absence of physical interactions, with your team is quite a barrier that you may not have considered.


Also read, Pandemic & Social Disatnacing: Psychological Effects & Remedies


It does matter, even, if you are leading your team, virtually, as long as that physical interaction does not exist.

The question now is, how will leaders improve, or maintain trust levels, with their team, despite the challenge of no physical interaction.

Recognising them personally

Remember the last time you got a gift that made you felt someone or some group of people appreciated your effort.

The idea, behind sending a message, or a token of gratitude is not something new and even, with that, it is not a common strategy employed, by many leaders, on their team members.

In times like these, therefore, when barriers have been created physically and perhaps mentally.

It is quite necessary that leaders take time out, to look for new ways of creating trust between themselves and their employees.

Trying to demonstrate appreciation is part of it anyway, however, maintaining some level of trust and engagement is essential as well.

Personalized appreciation

You might be having periodic virtual meetings, and feel that these interactions are quite well enough, to help your communication.

True, it may be, however, you can only build little trusts, through this experience.

Not until you begin to engage with your team on “personalized experiences” that you will observe some changes, in communication with your team.

Starting with something, as simple as sending a phone text, or WhatsApp message to them, for a job well done, might just suffice.

Employees appreciate this a lot, as it creates a sense of trust they have in you.

Check out the individual

As a leader, you could begin by considering the individual team members.

What do you really appreciate about them?

Looking into this, you might want to consider a different way of appreciating them, in a personalized way.

You could go as far as appreciating them in the midst of a meeting, such that other team members will be aware of such, hence, motivate them to put in their own extra effort too.

Are there any other effects of social distancing you know, let us know in the comment section.


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Some Lessons I learnt during the Lockdown

You must have probably heard of the phrase, the “new normal”, obviously different from the “normal” that most people used to know.

In the new normal, the way we run our lives would be different, from how we ran it, pre-COVID-19; physical distancing in social gatherings, remote working for most organisations, conducting meetings over video conferencing.

The normal that people would have wanted, is to return to their normal lives, pre-COVID-19, where interactions were one in close proximity.

Moving on, however, things might not be the same again, owing to the ravaging effects, of the Coronavirus.

I, however, seem to have a different view on things going back to normal.

I had preferred a situation, where all of us move on, rather than backward.

We can take a lot of lessons from this halt that the pandemic has laid on the entire globe.

We could as well make use of them, with the intention of making out a brighter future.

Well, as life begins to return, gradually to “normal”, why not reflect on the things learnt, during the period of the lockdown and commit yourself to make positive changes, moving forward.

I have learnt a few lessons, especially, on how things can be done differently, moving forward.

Showing kindness first

During the total lockdown, I was highly impressed with the simple acts of kindness, from people, especially, strangers.

People who never knew one another, showed lots of love, via the internet, with giveaways that would at least result, in cushioning the effects of the lockdown on people, who could not afford the luxury of food items.

When your focus is on doing good, taking the focus off yourself to others, your challenges appears to matter less to you.

The act of kindness is not just about handing out useful items, or passing compliments.

Speaking up for the oppressed, in the face of injustice, thus, promoting change, is, also, a great act of kindness.

Why not make it a habit to be kind. You never know who such acts would touch in times like this.

At every point in life, try to be generous.

What actually matters

Ever since the lockdown, many parents have spent ample time with their children and other members of their family.

Why this sudden family reunion? Of course, the pandemic led to it.

I have always been a journeyman, but the pandemic has given me a ‘quarantine gift’, in the last 3 months.

You would find out that, Life is beyond money or work.

At the end of it all, what matters most is the relationship with our family members and our friends.

As things would be returning to normal, ensure that you devote your time to what really matters.

Spend time with your family and loved ones. Neglect things that appear not to be a priority.

Get intentional, with your relationship. Invest enough time in them.

As we gradually gather our lives back to normal, it would be quite good, if we can get intentional about spending more time with what actually matters.


Also read, Lockdown Experience: Lessons To Remember In This Pandemic


You have control on how you spend your time

I’m too busy to do this,” or “I wish I had the time to do that”.

These phrases have become part of our lives, especially, for those who are glued to their office work and spend less time at home.

During the lockdown, however, most people found time, which seemed to be never available.

Time to reflect on relationship with your family and also time to plan.

As life may now return to the old normal, it is very important, not to give up all the engagement we had, during the intense lockdown.

You now have to be intentional about it, as you have the ability to make decisions in the essential areas of your life. You are responsible for your relationship and your happiness.

Conclusion

The only certainty is uncertainty. Change is always inevitable, it will come sooner, or later.

COVID-19 has come, unexpectedly, changing the way some businesses will be operated.

One must always be ready for eventualities, in times like this and change should not be resisted, but rather embraced.


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