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Rebounding from COVID-19 - How Changing Your Language Can Change Everything

It’s reopening week at Adam Clark Fitness!

Over the past three months, we’ve all certainly been through a lot. Some have lost loved ones, some have lost jobs and everyone has felt some sort of stress during this time.

Will this change the way we live for the foreseeable future? Yes.

Whatever you planned on January 1, 2020, most likely went up in flames.

The good news is you CAN and WILL rebound from this.

It’s time for a Plan B.

At Adam Clark Fitness, I feel we have enacted Plan B, C, D and we are moving onto Plan E. With that said, we are very grateful that we’ve been able to continue with our business, shifting online and we are now shifting back to our in-person training along with some online stuff on the side.

As we hit the three-month mark from when everything seemed to come to a halt, it’s time for your rebound.

Let’s name it, “COVID-19 Rebound Plan.”

This is a simple exercise and stems from one of my favorite quotes by ancient Chinese philosopher and writer, Lao Tzu:

“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

It all starts with changing your language. I want you to write down 5 ways COVID-19 has affected your life in a negative way and we are going to reframe it positively.

Here are my five:

  1. My vacation to Mexico was canceled in April.

  2. My wedding and honeymoon to Jamaica with close family and friends were canceled.

  3. My business is personal training and I miss not being able to personally connect with everyone in person.

  4. Purchasing equipment, investing in new software and technology, making renovations, and creating a temporary workout space has been costly.

  5. My work trips to New Jersey and Toronto (90% sure it will be) were both canceled.

This all sucked. There’s no way around it and we have all suffered in more than one way during this pandemic. However, my dwelling on the negative, it gets us nowhere. What opportunities has it created? What are the positives that it has brought into your life? By focusing on the good, you can move forward, something we all need to do.

Here is how I can reframe those five:

  1. My vacation to Mexico, designed for some R&R in tropical temperatures was canceled but we were able to spend a lot of time together during this pandemic. And it’s postponed until next year.

  2. Our destination wedding was canceled, but we are still able to get married next month and can have a wedding with our closest family.

  3. Face-to-face personal training came to a halt but Zoom, love it, or hate it, allowed us to still connect with our people AND it allowed us to expand our reach with online training.

  4. Expenses went up quite a bit, but these challenges made Noah and me better trainers and pushed me to become a better business owner and up our level of service.

  5. Work trips are canceled but we can go in the future and this frees up time to shift our focus and maybe take a few days off!

This pandemic has hit everyone but you can make it through this and you WILL make it through this.

It all starts with your language. How can you change your language to make it more positive and optimistic?

Try this exercise and I look forward to seeing how you reframe some challenges!

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