It’s taken us six long hard months to get to ‘Level One Lockdown’ in South Africa.
Even though we as South Africans are built pretty tough, few, if any of us, can truly say that they did not experience ‘Moments of Meltdown’ during lock down.
On the world stage we have even seen crazy meltdowns from many of the champions of business, sport and life.
Take Novak Djokovic’s disqualification from the US OPEN.
So unintended. So wrong. I need to turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and a human being: Novak Djokovic
Novak has got it spot on.
If he found himself floundering at Flushing Meadows during Covid-19, it’s likely that we all did at some point during lockdown.
Covid’s catalytic change, coupled with very high levels of uncertainty, means that we all need to do our own bit of introspection.
In a way Covid-19 has been compelling us to change many of our ways.
We need to ask the right questions, starting with this all important one:
Is my current GAME PLAN made of the right stuff?
Here’s a quick fire THREE STEP METHOD to help you make the changes and step out the Covid tunnel stronger and wiser.
STEP #1: DO A REALITY CHECK ON YOURSELF.
Covid-19 has made us aware that no one can wish away reality.
Where do I come from? Where am I now? Where do I want to be in the foreseeable future?
To move with the times you must to commit to making’ “Covid Changes” – to better yourself.
STEP #2: DO A DIAGNOSTIC TEST ON YOURSELF.
Covid -19 has asked important questions of our lives.
What is working for you in your life right now?
What is NOT working for you in your life right now?
You have to be a little ruthless here in taking out current constraints in your life.
Either you must remove what is ‘NOT WORKING’ – or at the very least ring fence the constaints to ensure that they do not zap your energy levels.
STEP #3: DO THE GAME PLAN TEST ON YOURSELF
To prevent “Moments of Meltdown “, you must ensure that your GAME PLAN is a high level one.
This is achieved by setting and aligning the all important 3P’s (Purpose, Priorities and Performance goals) – which make up any high level GAME PLAN – that of any champion of life.
1: Are you clear on your PURPOSE in life?
Purpose helps you to see the bigger picture in life.
It’s the inspiration which comes from putting ‘THE WHY’ before ‘THE WHAT’ in your ‘inner’ life – so that you will need less motivation coming from your ‘outer’ life.
It serves as your compass in good times – and your scaffolding in tough times like Covid.
2: Are you clear on your PRIORITIES in life ?
Setting your priorities in life is one of the most important actions you can take in your life.
Here’s what Novak’s might look like – or any champion for that matter.
PRIORITY #1: YOURSELF
(Having the Right Mindset, the Right Knowledge, the Right Support and the Right Game Plan)
PRIORITY#2: YOUR PURPOSE
(Novak’s purpose as a sporting champion would read like this : To Entertain, to Educate and to Enrich lives through his tennis genius)
PRIORITY #3: YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS
PRIORITY # 4: YOUR HEALTH & WEALTH
PRIORITY #5: YOUR LIFESTYLE
It’s important to continually invest in your own ‘Big Five’ – and focus on them.
Or you will risk losing them at some point in time. (which can trigger ‘moments of meltdown’)
The most important thing I have learnt in life is to focus my energy on what is important in life. Bill Gates
3. Are you clear on your PERFORMANCE GOALS in life?
Are your PERFORMANCE GOALS set ?
Most importantly, are they closely aligned with you PURPOSE & PRIORITIES?
With congruency you will go on to achieve what you really want in your life.
There you go.
You have empowered yourself to do life better………
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