I think back to New Year’s Eve 2019 and can say with absolute certainty that few Americans could have imagined what the first quarter of 2020 would bring. Most of us have never experienced an actual global pandemic that would require “social distancing” and being quarantined.
What can you do to limit the feelings of isolation and uncertainty? As a growth-owner, you look at this time and figure out how and where you can keep moving forward and moving towards your goals. Use your newfound situation as an opportunity vs a curse.
So how can you build up your relationship core at home this week?
If you’re lucky enough to share your home with loved ones, this is probably the first time in a long time that you’ve had limited distractions. There’s no catching the train, running errands, staying at the office late, etc. You may still have responsibilities working from home but when work is over, now’s the time to really evolve your relationships with your loved ones.
You’re going to have extra time available to you, don’t waste it. Use it to strengthen your existing relationships at home that you may have been takin for granted and developed failure habits in. Instead of leaving for your morning commute, make breakfast with your kids. Instead of going for a workout alone at the gym, ride bikes with the fam. And since you can’t grab a drink with coworkers on Friday night, have a date with your partner over candlelight at the dining room table.
Regardless of which relationship you’re looking to strengthen at home, or if it’s all of them, the other party(s) will be grateful and it will boost both your momentum with one another. Your spouse will appreciate and want to reciprocate making them feel special. If it’s your kids, they’ll look back on this time not as spending it with fear and boredom, but a positive experience that helped strengthen the bond permanently moving forward.
If you live alone, pick up the phone and connect with old friends or family you haven’t spoken to in a while. You’d be amazed that even if you haven’t spoken to someone in months or years, how receptive people might be to hearing from you. We all get busy. We all let relationships slide. But we don’t all have the courage to reach out and reconnect. You just might find the friendship that’s been missing from your life.
On a side note, I want to thank all those who are out there still doing what needs to be done to help the world go round during this tough time. If you’re a first responder and your life has suddenly become busier, I thank you for your service to our country during this time. From doctors and nurses to police and fire responders to postal workers and grocery store employees, my gratitude towards you and your sacrifices is immense. Keep on keeping on.
This Week’s Tip:
Make a list of the top 3 success habits you can start incorporating into your daily routine that you know will strengthen your at-home relationships. If you have a significant other for example, you could spend min 30 quality minutes daily together with no distractions (kids, electronics, etc). Just talking to one another like real human beings inquisitive on what’s going on in the other’s life, and offering support to help them build their own momentum.
If you live alone, and/or you want to do this in addition to the above, think about 3 people you’ve lost touch with that you’d like to reconnect with. Now’s the perfect time, people ARE AVAILABLE. No excuses. Then if you decide to keep this new spark alive, make an agreement with them to talk 1/mth and put the call in each of your calendars.