Hands up if you ever predicted 2020 would turn out as it has. We bet no one saw this coming but if you did, hats off. When Coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan at the tail end of 2019, the world continued to operate normally. Little did we know what was about to hit us. But what has happened has happened, and we can’t do much about it. What matters most are the lessons we have learned and how we will implement them going forward. Here are some of the lessons we picked up in 2020,
Here is a quick of what to expect;
The real value of freedom
It is safe to safe to say that the world as we knew it is gone. That could not have been more clearer than our love to be free, to do our things how we want, and when we want them. As the virus swept through countries, governments had to impose strict measures to try and contain the spread of the virus. The efforts put in place came at a high cost on freedom. Not that we are complaining, nothing is as important as human health.
But people love freedom. We love to move around, be around the ones we love, do what we love, and generally be free. As lockdowns and movement restrictions come into play, the true value of freedom came to light. When the virus will subside, and restrictions lifted, we should be more intentional with our freedom.
Technology to the rescue
Before the pandemic, working from home was only for the select few. However, during the pandemic, we have learned that technology can help us connect in more ways than we can ever imagine. Businesses were run online as companies used Zoom, Google Meet, and other video channels. After all, technology is not as bad as you thought, and it can come in handy when things go sideways.
Where are gifted differently
From the richest to the poorest of countries, the current pandemic has shown us that we are all the same. In terms of lack, we should extend our hands to those in need. As businesses shut and people lost their jobs, we needed to be there for each other for us to survive. Irrespective of race, color, religion, or country, people stood up for each other and lent a helping hand to those who need it. We can all agree that we need each other in life and we should treat each other with the utmost respect.
There’s no room for procrastination
If you’ve lived your life postponing such an important decision in life, the pandemic shows you need to readjust your values. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, then if you must do something, it is either now or never. By procrastinating, you are effectively reducing the chances of the event or action ever happening. If you think about it, how many dreams have been put on hold by the pandemic? How many trips have not seen the light because of the travel restrictions? What about paying homage to your loved ones? A lot, right? That’s the fruit of procrastination. Ask yourself, will it be one day or day one?
Redefining our goals in life
What do you stand for in life? One of the things that the pandemic is exposed is how limited and selfish we have been leaving. Sometimes we are buried so deep in our businesses that we forget the true meaning of life. As businesses shut down, movements are restricted, and people confined to their homes, regrets have been plenty. Those who are unhappy with their lives, their careers, or jobs or businesses must reflect and do and what makes them happy. There’s no point living unhappy and unfulfilling lives when we can live the best we can. What do you want most in life? Is it traveling? Or is it starting that long-overdue business idea? What about starting a family? Now is the time. As the pandemic shows, nobody knows about tomorrow, and you need to act now.
Be resilient, always
We aren’t going to lie life, has been tough so much so that people are falling into depression. Data shows that as the pandemic ranges on, mental health cases have significantly gone up. Though times have been tough, giving up does not help. Instead, it is time to be more resilient and powerful through our problems. We know that’s easier said than done, but it is the only we can weather the storm. Remember, tough times won’t last, but tough people will.
Health will always be a priority
In as much as people tend to neglect their health, it will always be a top priority. Governments and authorities world have an impossible situation where they had to choose between the economy and health. And you can guess what matters most. If you’ve never taken your health more seriously, now is the time to do so. Nothing can happen if you are sick or on well, no matter how much your heart wishes. Never at any one particular time neglected care of your body, minds, and general well-being.
There will always be opportunities
As Albert Einstein once said, “in the midst of every crisis, lies a great opportunity.” Though covid-19 brought about so much death and destruction, there are still opportunities in the pandemic. Don’t you believe us? Did you know that the list of billionaires increased as their wealth also increased by over $10 trillion? Now, what opportunities are in your industries? What are the needs of the people in your industry? Please don’t assume, opportunities will always be there, as long as you have an eye for them.
Covid 19 pandemic may have left us worse of financially, economically, or even wholistically, but it has taught us valuable lessons. If we are keen enough or strong enough, we will come out stronger and better than ever before. We at CEO Marketing wishes you well as we continue to stay healthy amid adversity. Remember to wash your hands, keep social distance, and being mindful of both your health and the health of those around you. Stay safe!