May 20, 2020 4:00 am Published by

Episode 57:

As a bestselling author, keynote speaker, Certified EOS Implementer, Certified Business Coach, WPO Chapter Chair, and globally recognized, award-winning seminar leader, Sue brings over twenty-five years of experience to her clients. She is the CEO of YESS! and has designed and delivered dynamic, transformational programs for thousands of people. Sue has received numerous awards including the Dream Keeper award recognized by the Governor’s Council for her leadership program, the Regional U.S. Small Business Administration Women in Business Champion of the Year award, the Exemplary Woman of the Community award, WomenVenture’s Unsung Hero award, Women Who Lead from Minnesota Business Magazine, NAWBO Minnesota’s Achieve! Vision Award and named a 2018 Enterprising Woman of the Year. Sue has been featured in publications including Inc., Entrepreneur, Thrive Global and The New York Daily News.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The different coping mechanisms you can use to stay in the driver’s seat as you navigate the crisis
  • Why spending too much time in the past, present, or future can impact your thoughts and feelings
  • How to overcome the fears produced by living in the past
  • How to ground yourself in the present with what is constant and true
  • How to navigate the worry and complexity of the future


Stay in the Driver’s Seat

Widespread uncertainty is sweeping the nation in the height of the COVID-lockdown. It is not good for human beings, and too much uncertainty subjects us to a wide range of emotions we didn’t ask for. I have been thinking about different ways we can cope with these emotions. Most of us experience life in the past, present, and future. But if you spend too much time in any of them, it will start to shape your thoughts and emotions.

You will experience fear if you are focused on the past. The past causes us to second guess our decisions and hopelessly run through all of the alternative scenarios. We can’t live there. We have to let the past inform us so we can move forward prepared.

Normally, we strive to live in the present. But right now, it is a state that we almost can’t escape. In the current state of the pandemic, we are making decisions for the future without enough time to process them. The overwhelming input makes it difficult to actively seek opportunities. It leads to decision fatigue, where the decisions are ultimately made for us.

And finally, the future produces a sense of worry if we spend too much time there. This pandemic is unprecedented, so we are going to make mistakes. For many of us, the field of vision is limited. We are overwhelmed by the unknown and the complexity of our situations, but thoughts come before feelings.

The present is where you get grounded, and it is where you find what is constant and true. For business owners, this has to do with who you are and the business you’re in. That stuff never changes, so lean into it. Set an overarching goal, make a plan, and execute. You have the ability to stay in the driver’s seat if that is where you want to be.

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