Venturing out with a positive attitude
Rebooters are optimists
Almost by definition, I’d say. Most of the time, when we make a big change in life we’re doing so because we believe it will be for the better. Even if we’re rebooting from a negative experience or because we got some bad news, when we decide on our new course, we’re upbeat.
Our reinvention may be major, like a job change, or relatively minor, like taking up a new hobby. Either way, we’re making the change willingly, eagerly, with anticipation of a positive outcome. We’re optimistic things will go well. We don’t go into it thinking, “Man, this is really going to turn out poorly.”
I bring this up because we are all facing a rebooting en masse post-pandemic. A lot of what used to be normal will no longer apply. Faced with changes we can’t fully imagine right now, we need to venture out with a positive attitude. “Woe is us” won’t do. We need to go forward with Albert Brooks’ philosophy: “I don’t think the object is to have no fear; it’s to exist with fear. The best combination is to say, ‘This is scary and here I go.’”
A colleague, Barbara Fagan-Smith, CEO of ROI Communication, put it well in her blog at LivingROI: “May we walk into the new world with bigger lives—more love, compassion, courage, determination, vision and gratitude.”
Uncomplicating our lives
We’re fond of saying, “I don’t have any.” Or enough to do whatever.
But everybody gets the same allotment. It’s what we do with our share that makes a difference. The idea is not to waste any of it. Or as little as possible.
Google “how to avoid wasting time” and you get 74,400,000 results. That’s 74 million. Like the irony of a book titled “25 Easy Ways to Uncomplicate Your Life.”
Millions of us were given one very simple way to uncomplicate our lives when we were ordered to stay inside our houses. For weeks on end.
The big “aha” for me, here in my eighth week, is a new appreciation for the value of time, the ease of wasting it, and the challenge in using it wisely.
How have you used your shelter-in-place time? Share your time-using strategies at email@example.com.
It’s still a good idea
I’m writing this in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic.
I started RebootYou 13 years ago, in 2007, before the crash of 2008 and while things were, well, “normal.” The original concept was to help people recently retired get back to being productive instead of sitting on the couch.
My assumptions were (1) that there was this huge wave of Baby Boomers starting to retire and (2) there were ample opportunities for staying active and engaged in something rewarding after retirement, maybe even gainful employment– perhaps at a slower pace or a different type of job.
The Boomer wave is still in full flow – the youngest boomers will hit age 65 in about nine more years. The second assumption has been proven wrong twice. The Great Recession ended it the first time. The second halt came this year with the coronavirus pandemic.
Today, for millions of people, there are not even opportunities to get out and do their regular jobs, let alone find new or additional jobs. Those who’ve been furloughed or laid off would all like to reboot themselves back to their pre-pandemic employment. Retirees who haven’t rebooted are now hardly able to go out of the house for a walk around the block, let alone look for an encore job.
So now our immediate task is to reboot ourselves after covid-19 is slowed enough to venture out safely. The original premise of RebootYou is being renewed, refreshed and broadened to include reinventions at any age, not just 65. I believe it’s still a very good idea.
What are some new challenges we’ll face when we go from Condition Red to Condition Yellow (Green not in the picture right now)? Share your thoughts here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell us what you’re doing
We’d love to hear what you’re thinking about for reinventing yourself and helping your community. Reply at mailto:email@example.com. I’ll publish the best of your ideas here.