Today I am going to talk to you about how to take action when you don’t know what happens next.
Recent data tells us that the economy is still in a recession due to the coronavirus. How long it will last is unknown. So how can you protect yourself when you can’t predict the future?
Take a lesson from some of the most successful companies in the world. To do that you take a look at what might happen, think through how it could affect you, and create contingency plans.
Here’s the process:
Step One: Sit down and put all your concerns out on the table. If you have a spouse or partner, include them, too. It might sound counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to ease your mind about uncertainty is to build “what-if” scenarios.
What if business dries up?
What if I lose my job?
What if this drags into next year?
Step Two: Work through each scenario and think it all the way through.
How would my life change if this happened?
What would we need to do to adapt?
By walking through those scenarios, you’ll be taking control of the uncertainty and giving yourself a playbook.
Step Three: Write down your action steps just like the pros do. In the future, if one of your contingencies happens, you’ll know what to do.
It’s normal to worry about an unknown future. But we’ve been here before. 9/11, the Great Recession, and now the Pandemic of 2020.
Each one has tested us. But we’re still here.
I wish I had a crystal ball so I could tell you what comes next. But I don’t.
So I focus on what I can control. My goals, my mental state, and my behavior.
And, I create my contingency plans for an uncertain future.
I’m happy to help you with yours.