“Is this real?”, “am I on a film set?” – at the moment, these and many other thoughts may be running through your head. Unfortunately, it is for real, and protecting you, your family, your business and others during COVID-19 health crisis is paramount. We will get through this, it will take time and here are few suggestions that can help you navigate some of the journey.

Handling fear

Since the start of the Coronavirus we have had conversations with many  UK business owners who have used phrases such as “if we get through this”, or “I am really scared”. Being honest, I believe most owners would say they are concerned about the future of their business and their staff, and I can understand why.

So why are business owners scared? For the first time in a long time we have something that is impacting our daily life and business that we don’t have control over. We currently don’t know how long it will last, and are maybe thinking ‘what happens if it fails?’ – Remember it’s not your fault.

Unfortunately many business owners will be fearful and anxious about the situation; but don’t let that fear stop you from making the right decisions and taking action. Some fear can be helpful if it provokes us to make positive changes.

I believe it was Nelson Mandela who said ‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear’.

Over the coming months we will need to make decisions in our business – if you are not sure, seek counsel from others.

Talk to trusted friends and advisers

There is a proverb that says ‘there is wisdom in the counsel of many’. Make sure over the next few months you talk regularly to trusted friends and advisers. Do not be afraid to share where you are and how you are feeling – you may find they have a comforting word, know a way, or someone who can help you through this time.

As an Entrepreneur for nearly 35 years I have faced many difficult times in business and life, and what I have valued is having a trusted group of advisers; some are lifetime friends, others are people I have met in business and consider them now as friends, church leaders and not to forget my wife and my dad  who at 89 years old is full of wisdom and encouragement. He will always finish a call or visit with ‘I am praying for you’ – Comforting to know he and others are still looking out for me.

If you need to talk to someone please do contact the Entrepreneurs Hub Team – we can’t promise to have all the answers but we will listen.

Check on your family

Isolating at home will not be easy for you or your family, remember if you are struggling with it, your family will be too. If you are like me, you will be spending necessary time talking with colleagues, clients, business owners calling me for advice, and friends. We need to check on our loved ones, go for that walk, play games, get involved in a project in the house or garden together. It’s easy to forget that while we may be going through a hard time with our business, our loved ones will be feeling it too.

Get some fresh air

Last week I spent long hours in my home office very focused on preparing for how our business will handle the next few months. My wife reminded me that I need to take some breaks from my desk.  It been so refreshing to go for walk or do few jobs in garden to ensure I grab some fresh air.

Whether it’s raining or sunny, take a break and go for a walk, even a stretch and some fresh air in your garden will help. These times can be reinvigorating, they also give you time away from your computer to think and reflect.

But please remember we do need to keep our social distance and follow the government guidelines.

Be thankful for what we have

This may sound old cliché but at these times we must look at our glass as half full and not half empty. Business may be tough, life may be tough, and we will all do whatever we can to minimise the impact. Let’s not forget to be thankful for what we do have, and not what we don’t. Let’s not focus on what we can’t do but what we can.

It is time to take the focus off ourselves, support and encourage others and use the period to have quality time with your loved ones. If you can’t physically visit them, remember they are only a call, a Skype or Facetime away.

Please God, we will all look back on this time where we contributed to making this a better time for someone else.

Wishing you every success

Contact me or my office if we can be of help in any way at all.