I’ve done a good bit of traveling of late, something I’ve not done since February! I guess what I mean by that is I’ve had lots of time in the car to reflect - that and complete two more audio books. Many of us have lost touch with friends and co-workers that we’ve not been able to see or who are struggling with balancing their lives as well. Many times, while coaching,I hear and empathize with my clients trying to forge new ways of working and living in this world of change.

Similar stories are heard by other coaches and individuals I know. I just came back from a conference where the Keynote Speaker, Dwight Vick gave an inspirational and informative talk on “Learning how to effectively adjust to a ‘New Normal’.” The talk was great, and the message that resonated with me is to reflect the length of time we’ve had our lives impacted – can you believe 7 months – and what do we have to show for it? Vick mentioned he’s learned how to do podcasts! I’ve got nothing as extravagant as that, but I have been reading ‘business’ books, reviewing my business strategy, walking about 3.5 miles every day, and spending a lot of time on my farm. No denying it’s been really difficult losing touch with people, and I still struggle with this, but trying to better oneself personally or professionally is something we can all do.

Start small, form new habits, and then continue to grow. If you’re struggling with direction or aspiration, I have a tipsheet that can help get your thoughts organized. This can help you identify your‘North Star’ and what motivates or energizes you. Ask friends and family what they’re doing to build resilience. Reading or listening to books, podcasts, learning new skills like woodworking, cooking, sewing, or painting, or taking nature walks where you identify flora and fauna. The key to all of this is that you own the ability to make changes. What will you do to help alleviate the stress that may be present as you’re constrained within four walls? Talking to family, friends, counselors, or a coach may also help you frame an approach.

I mentioned a couple books in my latest 2 for Tuesday post. I’ve finished two more audiobooks recently that I recommend as well - River ofDoubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard, is a good read if you like books about exploration and early South American history. The other is called Code Name Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who BecameWWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis. I would love to hear what you’re reading or doing to further your skills or knowledge.