How Entrepreneurs Can Build A Resilient Mindset And Thrive Through The COVID-19 Crisis

As a coach, mentor and former corporate leader, Melissa Howard has an abundance of knowledge, experience and tools for helping people create a vision and achieve powerful results. Whether it’s increasing productivity, evolving business cultures or coaching leaders to thrive, Melissa helps individuals raise their standards and create outstanding results. Melissa founded E-volve Global to help professionals gain clarity on the obstacles that are holding them back, identify the habits that support or sabotage their progress, and develop the flexible mindset that will accelerate results.

As an entrepreneur, you have a decision to make every day about the attitude you wear and the actions you make. With every major change and crisis, you have a chance to develop new coping strategies and build your resilience stronger than before.

By shifting your mindset, you can learn to navigate fears, manage life’s threats more effectively and achieve positive mental well-being. To prosper, harnessing the power of resourcefulness, flexible optimism, and persistence in the face of adversity is a must. By controlling your attitudes and habits you too can alter your life and influence others you live and work with. Here are 3 practical tips entrepreneurs can utilise to build a resilient mindset and thrive through the COVID-10 crisis.

Control what you can. Prepare for what you can’t.

You can’t prevent a storm from coming but you can prepare for it. You can’t control all the events that happen, but you can control your response to them. When you find yourself worrying, focus on the things that you can control.

Strive to establish a mindset that differentiates fact from fear. It’s okay to have concerns that this crisis may impact the way you live over the next few months, the economy and your business but it’s detrimental to live through this period without challenging your worst fears.  When you put your energy into the things you can control, you’ll be much more effective in seeing opportunities when they arise.

Step back and look at the bigger picture

Invest your time wisely and take mindful action. Taking a limited view of the events unfolding around you can elicit a strong reaction and trigger your fight/flight response.

Use this opportunity to reinvent a business, to cut costs that are not adding value, and to reinforce and strengthen customer ties. If you have temporarily stopped working, use the time to learn a new skill or plan how you’ll build financial resilience for the future. Optimists hope for more but are not thrown by less.  Use this time wisely as time is our only non-renewable resource.

Practice self-love and compassion

During times of crisis, it’s easy to be distracted by fear and neglect self-care. You are probably tougher on yourself than you are on anyone else.

Instead of taking yourself for granted, love yourself the way you love others you care about. The reality is that during periods of uncertainty, it becomes even more critical to balance your anxiety with finding ways to relax by embracing your happiness habits. Seek out familiar things that have not changed in your life as a way to anchor you in during turbulent times. Learn to accept support from others and not go it alone.



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