Just like many of you, my work has been turned upside down because of the coronavirus. While all of my speaking engagements were canceled, one managed to survive - but it turned into a virtual conference. I was scheduled to speak to the SheFactor DC Squad in person, but instead was part of an online mega-squad conference where I was able to pass on some "Work in Progress" knowledge to women across the country. I love the SheFactor organization for many reasons (that I talk about in the speech below) and am so grateful that they made this video available online so I could share it with you.
While most everything is moving to digital right now - meetings with co-workers, friends happy hours, etc - I've had a strange flip in my life where the "Minute Motivation" series I started digitally is now being broadcast on television. My producer came to me a few weeks ago in the midst of planning to broadcast from home and said, "I want to run a Minute Motivation from you on air."
I am thrilled for this opportunity to meld my broadcasting and speaking brands, but I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say this didn't scare me. It's been strange for me to mix the two worlds (which sounds odd since they fit so well together) because I've always seen them as two separate jobs. I've spent a decade building my broadcasting career climbing the news industry ladder, while my motivational speaking career is my personal passion project that gives me the energy every morning to get up and make the best of every day. Somehow combining them has been out of my comfort zone - and that's a really good thing.
We are all being put in uncomfortable situations right now, especially with our routines taken away from us. But there is an opportunity here to make some changes and see situations you've always categorized one way in a new light. This push to combine my identities and brands is exactly what I needed to find new opportunities I've been afraid to try. I hope you also find yourself in an uncomfortable position that will ultimately push you to grow in ways you never thought possible.
Today marks day four of broadcasting live from home because of the coronavirus. Every day, it gets a little bit easier to troubleshoot IT problems, find a routine and feel like there is a start and end to the "work day." All week I have been focused on making small progress each day. While what I want to do right now is have everything figured out and a plan moving forward - our current circumstances really force us to look at one day at a time.
Starting small means you won't overwhelm yourself. It means giving yourself the compassion to know that you won't be operating on the same level that you do normally. You are working toward being as efficient as you were before - not giving up. The results won't come instantly, but they will come.
Before I went on air Tuesday morning, I had a few (okay, many) tears fall into my lap. Small problems that were out of my control overwhelmed me - I was trying to do too much. Since that moment, I took a step back and gave myself some space to just be. One of the small business owners I talked to this week said she keeps telling herself to operate with grace. Give yourself grace right now. I love that. We aren't where we want to be, but we will get there.
In the meantime, find ways to make these extra hours at home significant. That will look different for everyone. Some people might take the time to really be home and present with the family. Others might work on that project they always say they want to get to but "never have the time." Though I originally set out to finish reading a couple of books a week, my progress has been stalled because I've been making my way through watching "The Wire." I'm on the season 2 finale... It's so good. And instead of beating myself for not staying on task, I'm embracing having the time to watch a series everyone at work references.
I hope you are safe and happy. We will get through this. For now, give yourself that grace and patience to focus on making small progress toward this new normal.