A lot has changed and a lot continues to change.
If anyone had said a few months ago that we had the power to shut down entire industries, to have hundreds of millions of people stay home for the sake of a greater good, we all would have thought them crazy.
But here we are.
And this new world is new for business as well.
You can see the emails from people offering sales, instinctively cutting their prices or offering free sessions in an attempt to keep some small part of their revenue stream coming in the door.
I’m getting to the point where I ignore those—I find they range from annoying to inappropriate. And like most human action, they come from a habitual and deep place of fear.
But I’ve been curious at a deeper level. What is it that is going on here? How exactly is the world changing? What is it that is dying, and what is being born?
I have long believed that people who have done the most inner work make the best leaders. That the people who see the world most accurately and without bias are the ones most capable taking a stand and changing it.
In ordinary times, which seem to be based on doing the same thing over and over, faster and faster, often without any thought at all, my message tends to get lost.
But this time, in which many of us have had to slow down, is a huge opportunity to see at a deeper level. To wake up. To drop some of the more faster cheaper lenses that we have been seeing the world through. And to think about how to actually make the world better. To serve with compassion, to lead with vision, to take decisive action based on what we see.
Because there are things that were true a few weeks ago that are no longer true. That may never be true again.
And there are other things that might be more difficult to see that are emerging as newly true. Some of these things may ask grieving of us, and some of them may ask us to celebrate.
What is no longer true for you
What is newly true?
And what do you want to make true for you, your people, your business, from now on? What is the decisive action you will take today based on the new world you see emerging?