The following message is not meant for those who have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus or to those brave souls who are still required to leave the comfort of their homes and are required to still go into work. This post is rather intended for the healthy individual who is currently “stuck at home.”
In the movie GroundHog Day, Bill Murray’s character relives the same day over and over again. Murray’s character, Phil Connors, grows frustrated living out the same routine day after day. Due to the Coronavirus, many states have issued a stay/work from home order and perhaps you feel like you are now living your own version of “Groundhog Day.”
At first, Connors believes he must be living in a dream; however just like the current COVID-19 epidemic, his circumstance is actual reality. The irony of this movie, is that even though Connors has been gifted with an unlimited amount of time, he begins to waste it; engaging in activities that in no way contribute to the betterment of himself or society. The movie turns for the better however when Connors realizes that his “burden” is actually a gift in disguise. Even though his circumstances do not change, his mindset does. He begins to use his new found time in a productive way; learning a new language, how to play an instrument, and most importantly how to use his platform to help people in need.
It may feel like this epidemic is never going to end, but it will. When that time comes, each individual will have a story to tell about how he or she used ones time. Will this chapter of your book be worth reading? The answer is up to you. The new restrictions in place should not be used as excuses. Social distancing doesn’t matter, you have everything needed at your disposal to become better today than you were yesterday. The road you wanted to take to achieve to your goals may be closed, however this means you get to take a fun new detour to get where you need to go. Can’t go to the gym? Push-ups and sit ups seem to have worked for Herschel Walker. Can’t go to school? Self-education seemed to have worked for Abraham Lincoln and he didn’t have internet access or a smart phone!
Take this time to identify your goals and most importantly a game plan in which you can achieve them. Despite the distractions and limitations, say focus on whats ahead and commit to daily discipline. The best is yet to come and you’ll want to be firing on all cylinders when things return back to normal.
Coach Nelson serves as a high school football coach who is pursuing his doctorate in Sport and Performance Psychology. He has worked for division 1 athletic departments, professional sport franchises, a Fortune 100 Company and has won numerous awards for his LEADership abilities. Most recently coach Nelson was hired as a trainer for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and as a mental performance coach for Mindurance.
His mission is to positively influence the world through Love, Effort, Attitude and Discipline (#LEAD). To learn more about the LEAD philosophy follow him on Twitter Levi Nelson or reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org He’d love to learn about or help you in your journey!