Opportunity is Arising; be prepared

"I recently found myself in a conversation about the rights for Americans to have the liberty to roam during this pandemic time we're all experiencing, and how it's against our constitutional right."

I couldn't help but bring another perspective into the equation that considers the "what if" factor. What if we choose not to quarantine ourselves for a short period to protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors? 

It's worth being still for just a little while to avoid this unseen war of COVID-19 from going on longer than any of us desire. Since we're already adjusting, what can we do to be productive in the meantime?

Get to know our family members again.  With all the technology, busy schedules, and overtime put in at the office, it's an excellent opportunity for each of us to acquaint ourselves with our loved ones, and friends we care for. 

Let's face it before COVID-19 presented itself; we may have treated our family like acquaintances. Now society is forced to have meaningful conversations and have the patience to hear what others are saying. It's a game-changer to many who live under one roof and barely speak with each other or fail to acknowledge another person's in their presence.

Generate a plan for what's next.  COVID-19 has shifted our habits and systems. New ways of communicating have arrived and yesterday’s strategies are old news. Companies are finding different methodologies to manage their teams and incorporating new skillsets that allow technology to reign. So, what are you doing to help you prepare for when things become clear, and you’re told to return to what will be the new norm? Now is the time to be creative and research what tools are available to help you become an expert in your field. The one point I want to get across to our readers is, "things may appear to be devastating because it's not something we were prepared for or expected. 

However, behind everything, there's an opportunity. You. have to look at it with a different set of lenses."

Get moving and put your plan in action.  The wait is over. For years, you've been getting to it! Now, you have no more reasons to delay taking action. You can't use the excuse of being busy, needing to work, or not having time, because time is all we have. Utilize this moment to implement some of the visions you described on your vision board, revise your resume, research a new employer, and see what the requirements may be to get with their firm? Think about implementing whatever it will take for you to become advanced and set you apart from the next applicant when invited to return to the workforce. Remember, most employers will not be able to reopen their doors or may reduce their staff. Are you ready for that? If not, then this is the time for you to develop the life you've dreamed of. Do whatever it takes for you to become focused and intentional about aligning yourself for the new workforce. When you do, you'll be pleased to know you didn't allow precious time to slip away when you could have been preparing yourself for a strategic future. You only have one life to live. Why not make it healthy and great? Both ideas of being "healthy and great" present an excellent possibility.

So, don’t miss the train during a time when resistance creates a shift around you.  Instead, consider it an opportunity to reposition yourself and your career.  

Sistah Soldier is an inspirational leader who helps veterans, women, and minorities step into the call of God for their lives using their creative skills. She’s the CEO, Host, and Executive Producer of SHE VET iNSPIRES Television Show and the Executive Recruiter for SHE Works Digital™.