Adapt & Thrive: Preparing for the Storm by Peter van Kets
Who would ever have imagined that in 2020 we would all be “dropped in the middle of a “stormy Atlantic Ocean”.
The past few weeks have pretty much created chaos in most people’s lives and will continue to do so in the coming months.
The restrictions set in motion have crippled many small businesses and the economic outfall from the Covid19 outbreak has much greater reach than we could ever imagine.
I speak at conferences and so my own business has come to an abrupt end – for the time being. It’s extremely stressful because this could continue for months. However, every crises that I have ever experienced has always been a time of personal and professional growth. I’ve learned my greatest lessons from disastrous times. Now is the time for growth, whatever that may mean for you.
We are all in this storm, but there is somethings that we can do now that will make us better people. That will change the way we operate our businesses and our relationships with family. There are always opportunities to take advantage of in a storm. I don’t know what that is for you, but we need to pro-actively look for these things.
Our greatest stumbling block, however is fear. Fear is an immobilizer! The Covid19 virus outbreak has created enormous amounts of fear throughout the world. It changes the way we think and the way we behave.
People often ask me what my most fearful times were on my expeditions and there have been many. Without doubt, being alone on a 7 meter carbon rowing boat with 14 foot carbon oars in the middle of an Atlantic Ocean electric storm with 100 km per hour winds and massive swells, tops all fears. It’s heart-stopping thunderous ‘violence’. There is no hiding place. No place of refuge.
For many it feels like that now.
Never before has there been a time where true, true, true inspiration and passionate leadership is needed.