Covid 19 has change everything in how we do life.
Businesses both big and small have had to seriously review how they do service. In the UK, working from home was not common place in the beginning of 2020. However, because of lockdown, many large to medium scale businesses had to adapt quickly and become innovative in their ideas, in order to make ‘working from home’ happen for its employees, and to keep their services running. From local GP services, banking services, utility services, social services, schools, etc. All had to ensure processes, equipment and robust systems were enabled in order to function, in a now extraordinary world. The change was so stark and dramatic, that questions have since arisen around huge corporation sites and buildings which have stood empty and the rising question of “are all these buildings still required?” Once things start opening back up towards late Springto early Summerthis year, will all those office buildings ever be fully utilised again? Let alone needed?
In the City of London the loss in office and corporate staff, has changed the dynamics immensely. The impact to the viability of smaller supporting industries that rely on corporate employees as their customers, has been nothing short of catastrophic in places. The loss in footfall since March 2020 has meant, many businesses have gone under and simply won’t exist by Summer 2021 when business start to open up again.
The emotional and mental pressure to stay afloat has been hard. The hands of many organisations were forced by Covid to change and change fast. Technology became fundamental in enabling this to happen and I believe these changes are in many cases here to stay. Zoom and Team Meetings have become the norm in communicating, connecting and socialising, At first they were even the life line for families and friends to be able to see each other. Hence the upturn in the use of their services and demand requiring them to adapt fast.
Why Does Business Innovation Matter?
Covid truly is ” the unthinkable” situation, but innovation has always been an essential aspect of any business in order stay relevant, cost effective, finding new businesses and remaining profitable. Innovation carries risk, and depending on how much risk you are willing to take, can determine your existence.
Examples of this are Apple and their move to launch a number of new innovative products like the ipod during a time when it was going against trend and many believed it would not work. While Nokia and BlackBerry are the examples of missing the innovation boat. Therefore, innovation is truly about timing and recognising an opportunity or as I have heard it said “exploiting” and opportunity.
Just as it is important for corporations, businesses and technologies to adapt, so it is for us as individuals. It is important that we to are innovative and adaptive to change on a personal basis ourselves. In order to be at our best.
We may find that we are forced into having to change like many businesses have been this past year. Loosing your business, your job or being furloughed are not easy changes to adjust to. The reality of coping with such a crisis can be overwhelming. It takes courage and strength to find a way to not only adapt but to overcome such challenges. To somehow make something out of nothing.
But change can come in the smallest, yet simplest of things. That maybe focusing on your health both mental and physical. Simple walks that change your environment, getting you out of the house. Maybe you find that you think better outside the house than in side. Whatever works for you. Many a dream is built or life has been changed, by ideas and plans plotted while out walking or running.
I have read and watched some great stories of people who have started small initiatives during lockdown and found that their lives have changed. Some generating from having time to bake for instance, which became so popular that a business was born. Some ideas were just from caring about their community I.e exercise classes on Zoom or YouTube and demand grew.
One of the best adaptations I have seen recently, was a small business that provided tours or a taxi service in London via pedal bikes, who during Lockdown experienced their business literally dropped by 95%. Somehow, they recognised a gap and began to provided a service for vulnerable cancer patients to still maintain their medical appointments. Because the patience had minimal contact with people and were not within an enclosed vehicle they were less likely to be in contact with covid. This adaptation by the business generated a whole new line of revenue enabling its riders to stay in work, by providing a much needed service. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-55548820
Change may require thinking about something totally new. Maybe it’s something you have always wanted to do but their was never enough time or it just seemed the time was never right. I believe 2021 is still a challenging year, but so are the years ahead, to be fair. So to go for your dream now, really is as gooder time as time as any.
Anyone in business now has to find courage. Whether it is to start or whether it is to keep going.
Ideas come to us all the time. But not many of us turn these ideas into realities. Is there anything you would like to do this year? It doesn’t have to be starting a business, but maybe its picking up something you use to do? Maybe walks could be combined with photography? Maybe having more time could allow you to explore your crafting side? Truth is it’s never to late to pick up your dream.
Well until the next post. Be the change you want to see.
How often do you disqualify yourself through being overly critical of yourself?
How often do you seem to be inspired with an idea, only to then start chipping
⭕ I’m not experienced enough
⭕I’m not qualified enough
⭕I don’t have enough money
⭕Who is going to listen to what I have to say?
But the truth is, if you wait to have everything in place before you start, you will never start!
You simply have to use what you know or what you simply have within your means at the time and start. With a view to add and build as you progress and move forward.
Your fuel to anything is your inward motivation, your ‘Why‘. If you throw cold water on it internally, you will never get going. So how do you fan the flames?
For one you must change the script and reframe that inner critic. For every reason that comes to take you away from your plan find the reason to move you towards your plan.
If Steve Jobs had listen to the leading companies in 1998 he would never of changed the world of music, communications, social media and the use of the internet. The iMac and iPod and iPhone were revolutionary in every way and his competitors hand to up their game because of his ideas.
This 2007 talk demonstrates some of Apples thought processes st the time.
Sometimes it’s best to just do it. Don’t tell anyone just action your plan and ‘crack on!’
The reaction of people can also be a sure way to cause you to doubt and second guess yourself. I have certainly experienced this in the past and regretted it. Because I found that I had inadvertently opened up myself to the negative chat or lukewarm responses of others.
Have you ever tried to get past people’s responses that play like a tape in your mind? It’s not easy. So try to save yourself any pain.
Helpful Tips or Ideas
2. Use a Planner to help direct your thoughts and map out your goals or steps on a weekly and monthly basis.
3. Write a list of reasons why you want to do what you have in mind?
4. What would it change or improvement?
5. How would this change your life?
6. How would it make you feel to see your plans become a reality?
7. What is the most important thing to remember?
Feel free to think of and add more questions? Keep them all positive like your vision board. Then get started for a New Year and new chapter😊 Happy planning.
Until my next post. Be the change you want to see.
Happy New Year! Welcome to my blog if this is your first visit, and thank you for visiting again if you have been here before:-)
2020 was certainly a year of dramatic change and this year begins with the legacies of 2020 driving our economic decisions and current outcomes. It would be easy to come into this year with very little or no hope at all.
But that is not my heart, because my faith says to speak life and to have hope in the one that created all things. Challenges and difficulties happen and will constantly happen. Yet, throughout time people continue to have dreams and plans and achieve amazing things, in a world that told them they “could not!” “Not now – the time is wrong!” “You can’t!”
Last year may have you feeling as if you are on the loosing team in life. The underdog of life. Nothing ever goes right. You have more against you, than for you. But the beauty about a competive game like football (Soccer to American’s) Basketball, etc. Are the time outs when your Coach sees what’s happen to the team and what needs to change and shares strategies to the team to improve and change what has happened so far! The past can never be change but what is yet to be played can be!
The past can never be change but what is yet to be played can be!
Change starts in the mind! Cultivate and feed negative things and hope gets consumed leaving you reaping more of what you don’t want.
Cultivate change that fuels growth of positive new things and inevitably you will see the benefits.
Sometimes we find ourself in the position where “the tail is wagging the dog!” Instead of “The dog wagging its tail.”
What do I mean? I mean, instead of our thinking governing our emotions and actions. Instead, our emotions drive our thinking and subsequent actions.
Half-time is the point in your life where you take time out to rethink! Regroup! Re-strategies in order to plan a new change.
Challenge is when you find and implement resilience. Resilience is our mental fight that enables us to get up, restart and move forward again.
John Maxwell says the following:-
- Changing your thinking changes your belief.
- Changing your belief changes your expectations.
- Changing your expectations changes your attitude.
- Changing your attitude changes your behaviour.
- Changing your behaviour changes your performance.
- Changing your performance changes your LIFE!
From Thinking For Change – Book
Personal Development is where we all start with ourself. Not to measure and compare ourselves against others. That is the most destructive thing you can do.
It’s about looking inwardly with a view to nurture and build you. By removing the things that inwardly take away from you and instead bring in what feeds you, adds to you and increases you.
Growth is a ccontinual thing. You are never to old, to educated, to poor, too far behind to grow. Change begins where you are. Growth moves you from where you are to the vision or goal you have in mind.
How will you win in 2021?
What will you read?
What are you listening to?
What new course did you have in mind to start?
What change do you want to make?
What needs to go?
What needs to be improved?
This is not about trying change everything all at once. But select one thing you wish to change and one new thing you wish to start?
Be intentional with these choices. Don’t just think about them. Start them and be diligent about keeping on top of them. Know that as you progress the next step for change will become evident to you!
Until my next post. Be the change you want to see.
I have always loved writing.
It is my go to for expression of inner thoughts and inner self. As a thinker and introvert. I have always been at ease with ordering my thoughts and pouring them out on paper.
Writing – Writing, can be so easily taken for granted. Yet for many the right to an education and the freedom to write and express your thoughts freely is a challenge and in many cases denied.
I was watching one of Oprah Winfrey YouTube clips today and she mentioned how she has a huge painting in her living room called “To The Highest Bidder.” The painting is of a slave women and her daughter being sold. It acts a reminder for her, of those long passed and what they endured. For this reason she does not take her life for granted. She also has a document in her library listing slaves itemised as commodities with nothing but their name, age, work category and a price if sold. (Video clip below)
It made me stop to remember my mum who passed away this year. She had a difficult child hood and never completed her education due to relatives who she was entrusted to whilst her mum came to England failed to support her as they should have.
She loved to learn. She took her time to work through things as best she could. She never went back into education but I remember how she would slowly write out her letters if she had to write a letter or fill out a form. Carefully, precisely, etching her words out. The same pace as a child who was learning to write joined up letters in school. The confidence that would be depicted through speed was missing, as if she was somewhat trapped in those early years of learning and robbed of the years where her confidence would have grown.
It made me value and treasure what I have because of her and those before her.
Education and the power and freedom of writing is often taken away or denied a person, in order to limit, control and constrain them. A mechanism to restrict a person from becoming all that they can be.
Writing and reading are both a gift and a pleasure. A space for your thoughts and your mind to flourish.
For this reason I choose to encourage and up lift others up through my writings. To be a positive influence in an online world.
I write to express my faith, use my coaching insight and also to write stories in my third blog anonymously. I cannot tell you how much this feeds my mind.
Writing is a door to so many worlds. All of which resides in you.
Clearly the blogging world as huge as it is only reflects a part of the wealth of those who write.
So keep writing, feed your creativity. It gives back in more ways than you may realise. Do just think about writing a book, start to put clear goals in place to make that book become a reality.
What do you have in your mind? Is it to write a devotional? Create a journal, create a planner? Create an ebook? What ever it is. Start to move it from just an idea to becoming a reality?
Until my next post. Be the change you want to see.