“A time of crisis is not just a time of anxiety and worry. It gives a chance, an opportunity to choose well or choose badly.” –Desmond Tutu
By: Laurie Martin, April 1, 2020 – Advisors provide support during world-altering crises. It’s an emotional time, and clients have lots of emotions. In a time of uncertainty, discomfort, or fear, it is the right time to focus your attention and energies on being responsive to all of the unpredictable situations that lie ahead. It’s a wide-spread crisis; however, when you rise to the occasion, you will realize just how effective and resilient a leader you are.
Athletes tell us that muscles get stronger from working against resistance. The same is true for your mind, body and spirit. Treat this unprecedented challenge as a time to make your greatest progress – as a leader and as a human being.
Clients, colleagues, friends and families – even you – may be frightened. Fear can distance people. You can help your clients by letting them know you care, while taking care of yourself. During a time when emotions are high, your mind can become overwhelmed and your body tired which can reduce focus and control.
Here are some things to consider during these stressful days:
Be a focused and thoughtful leader
Communicate clearly, calmly and regularly to your clients
Take a break from the news
Let’s take a moment for yourself
Reflect on previous situations that were challenging in your career. Draw a line on a piece of paper. On the left side of the start line, write down the year you were born. Then as you go along the line to the right, write the year you had something good that happened to you and when something frightening happened to you. You may have three to five situations, or more to record.
Plan of Action
Life has been interrupted with the impact of COVID-19 and facing this crisis is traumatic. Emotions are running high and you may feel like you’re losing control. What once was is no longer. Yes, life is different, but we can still maintain structure. We are all working together, albeit virtually, practicing self-distancing, and dealing with new routines. The good news is: you do have control over how you choose to think.
Your future is your today, as you look for new ways to connect to your clients, families and friends. Learn how to stay focused, resilient, and take control of your daily situation. You are being a mindful financial advisor by including your team when planning new actions and protocols. Your verbal and written communications and actions will demonstrate true strength and provide a sense of purposeful leadership during these trying times.
This is a time to reframe how you think, restructure your work/life balance plans, communicate, and stay connected to your clients. Critical thinkers are going to see problems to be solved. Create the habit of acknowledging negative thoughts and then ask: “What else is possible today?” This can help you create a positive mindset more quickly.
Laurie Martin, ctts, epc, is founder of Life Interrupted Inc. She is an innovator with an ability to change the way leaders think, both professionally and personally, to enhance their lives. Laurie has over 25 years of experience as a trauma treatment specialist, elder planning counselor, educator, author, crisis/risk deterrence advisor, and mentor. Laurie’s strong dedication is to empower leaders in all areas of life’s interruptions through her successful education and mentorship programs. She connects people which helps to grow the success of leaders and their teams in both business and personal lives.
To learn more, contact Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org or, visit lifeinterrupted.ca