These are scary times. But we have navigated scary times before.

Like twelve years ago when the financial crisis hit and we were facing financial armageddon. I (Jeff) remember going to a meeting with the CFO of one of the largest companies in the world. He looked uncharacteristically pale and scared – even his company couldn’t get 24 hours loans and it looked like the financial world would collapse. He thought it had. He thought the world had ended.

But it hadn’t, they managed. We all managed. We got through it.

Getting through this does require a different perspective and a mind-shift, at least for a time, as we work this out. Dan Sullivan, the founder of Strategic Coach, published an article at the time called the “Scary Times” success manual in which he proposed 10 mind shifts that seem as relevant today as they were over a decade ago:

  1. Forget about yourself, focus on others.
  2. Forget about your commodity, focus on your relationships.
  3. Forget about the sale, focus on creating value.
  4. Forget about your losses, focus on your opportunities.
  5. Forget about your difficulties, focus on your progress.
  6. Forget about the “future”, focus on your today.
  7. Forget about who you were, focus on who you can be.
  8. Forget about events, focus on your responses.
  9. Forget about what’s missing, focus on what’s available.
  10. Forget about your complaints, focus on your gratitude.

This too shall pass, and at some point, we will be telling our survival stories. Today we have to live them.

How are you managing through these “Scary Times”?