This pandemic has been hard on all of us. Everywhere we turn to, from browsing our Facebook feed to turning on the news, it is full of sad, scary, and unsettling news. Yesterday, I read a post from a teacher who taught both of my kids; she shared that she couldn’t stop crying the whole day. It has been extremely hard for her not being able to teach her students face to face. She has been teaching for more than 30 years and has been one of the most dedicated teachers I ever met. My heart broke for her.
Today, I listened to a podcast, in which they interviewed the owner of Savannah Bananas baseball team. He shared how the pandemic affected his business – a business that is totally dependent on in-person events, and what he did to thrive during this time of uncertainties. Here are a few things that stood out to me.
1. First, he told his employees that they were in this together. He would sell his house first before he had to lay off anyone. He wanted everyone to shift their attention from being worried about things that are out of their control to focus on thinking of different ways they could serve customers (their fans) during this difficult time. As a result, the team came up with all sorts of ideas, from online cooking show to music performance. Note: none of the people on his team knew how to cook .
2. Second, he uses an energy journal. Everyday, he records down what actions/work he did during the day and the energy he felt doing it. Then the next day, he would try to do a little more of what gave him the positive energy.
3. Third, he writes a gratitude letter every morning when he wakes up. He has a stack of thank you cards on his desk, and each morning he writes a thank you note to a different person – a random employee that he caught doing something great for customers, his wife, or a customer who sent in a note of encouragement to the team.
In time when there’s a lot of negativity going around, we have to step up our positive habits and self-care to feel well and be well. To start building your gratitude habit, download the 31-days gratitude journal free e-book. To receive daily encouraging quotes, follow The Encourage Team on LinkedIn.