The New Year is fast approaching and after the history making year that 2020 has been, we will have to decide to either greet it head on with cautious optimism or stick our heads in the sand with fear and dread. There are a number of prognosticators including Goldman Sachs and Dr. Anthony Fauci that are hopeful that there will be enough vaccines to vaccinate all of the US population by April of 2021. Vaccines will not totally eradicate the COVID 19 virus, but they will begin to put the puzzle pieces of the new normal into place. As the new normal begins and the quarantine eventually ends, what will we have learned?
The quarantine has been difficult on our personal lives. One only has to look at the number of people who have unwisely chosen to cut their own bangs or are carrying the extra quarantine 15 to know that this period of time has not been kind. Many have learned to bake bread, plant gardens and make homemade jam, while many others have tried and failed to write the next great American novel or learn to master a new language. The COVID 19 crisis has changed everything from the way we run errands to social gatherings and beyond.
The quarantine has had an equal effect on our professional lives. The dream of working from home has turned into a nightmare for some. There has been less business travel and a lot more Zoom meetings. Employees have had to learn to be flexible in approaching their job duties as the quarantine has infiltrated business as we know it. With all that being said, it would be easy to wrap ourselves in our weighted blankets and just wait it all out.
However, with the hope of the quarantine finish line in sight, now is the time to get geared up. Helen Keller said, “keep your face to the sunshine and you can not see a shadow”. She also said, “optimism is the faith that nothing can be done without hope and confidence”. Ms. Keller knew about overcoming adversity as she was the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of the Arts degree.
Whether you are actively looking for a job, planning on making a career change in the future, or being content where you are, there are many things you can do now to prepare for the new year. The most important change you can make is taking the time to devote to improving yourself. Adopt healthy habits and get rid of those that are counterproductive. Get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water. The healthier you feel inside and out, the more optimistic you will be.
Those of us at WorkForce Walker Personnel hope that 2021 brings health and prosperity to you and your loved ones. We are always available if you would like assistance in finding your dream job. We believe that 2021 will be the light at the end of the long tunnel and we choose to greet the New Year with our ”face to the sunshine”.