Like many of you, I never thought I would see a time where the entire globe came to a standstill over a health crisis. Now I don’t want to sound like I am not concerned about COVID-19, because I am. I don’t want to get it and I feel bad for the people that do.
But I also refuse to live my life paralyzed by fear, and neither should you or your loved ones.
COVID-19 continues to spread around the world and people are succumbing to it, which is horrible. But, in my humble opinion, the media has done very little to mitigate the fears of Americans during this time of crisis.
In many ways fear is more contagious than the virus itself, and the media knows this. Make no mistake, the media is taking full advantage of this crisis and will continue to do so as long as Americans, and the world, are paralyzed by their fears.
The more fear there is, the more people are glued to the news.
I watched a news clip a few days ago where two grocery store customers collided with their shopping carts as they both zipped through a shopping aisle. One customer became irate and started accusing the other customer of increasing her odds of getting the virus because of the collision.
As ridiculous as this sounds, and it is, this is the mindset of a lot of American’s these days when it comes to the virus.
Instead of doing some research and educating themselves on how to mitigate their chances of getting it, some Americans rely on what their friends are telling them or what is trending on social media.
This obviously doesn’t help the fear problem.
Fear comes down to a choice. You can choose to be fearful and live your life paralyzed by it, but I hope you don’t choose that path because you will regret it in the end. And I am not just talking about the pandemic here, I am talking about your fears in general.
Why are you afraid of going for that promotion? Why are you afraid of giving that presentation? Are you afraid of what others might think of you?
Why should that stop you? Yet it does for so many.
Remember that the people who criticize you for taking chances and putting your fears aside are always the people who have tried, failed and want to push their own insecurities and fears onto you.
You know exactly what I am talking about, and I am willing to bet you can identify people in your life right now that fall into that category.
Successful and mentally strong people use fear to propel themselves forward and grow from it. They know that the chances of the things they fear most coming to pass are relatively slim.
They also know if some of their fears do come to fruition, the things they were fearing most turn out to be much smaller than they imagined it.
So where do you go from here? COVID-19 will eventually fade away, but there will always be a new crisis on the horizon.
Well, the way I look at it you have two options: Continue on the fear train and let it cripple you as you go down the road we call life, or face your fears, learn to overcome them and look forward to a future where the sky is the limit for your potential and success.
Again, the choice is yours.
You can find Patrick at www.cjevolution.com
Patrick Fitzgibbons is a personal coach, speaker and is the host and creator of CJEvolution. A top ranked criminal justice podcast, personal coach and author of EVOLVE – A collection of Routines, Habits and Advice to Take Charge of your Life and Be your Best Self.
Law Enforcement Today posted the following article by Patrick in July of last year.
Are you continuing to invest in yourself? If yes, keep it up because it’s a nonstop process and the truly successful do this daily. If not, then you need to start. Because no one is going to do it for you.
Don’t rely on your bosses, friends or family to invest in you. It all falls on you my friend. Gone are the days when employers had your best intentions in mind. Maybe they never did.
Your success or failure relies on you.
Why am I telling you this? Because during the last handful of years there has been a steady rise of the YouEconomy. Now before you start thinking that I am some narcissist that only cares about myself, hear me out.
Whether you believe it or not, it’s all about you. Without you pushing yourself, learning, taking chances and being somewhat selfish sometimes, how are you going to get to that next level?
The answer is: you won’t. I’m not talking about you blowing off your responsibilities with your family, friends or your law enforcement career, but I am talking about constant self-improvement. Remember that you could be one call away from looking for a new job.
The reality is that police officers are leaving the profession in droves, and it doesn’t look like people are flocking to law enforcement like in days past. From politicians who have no idea what first responders do, or those that don’t care about first responders, to crappy internal leadership that won’t stand up for their troops, the writing is on the wall.
These are just some of the reasons that you need concentrate on improving and updating your skills. Hence, spending time and resources working on and improving YOU. That should be one of your main focuses.
You need to harness your fear. I talk to cops all the time about starting a business or some sort of side hustle they want to try. When I ask why they aren’t doing it already, I usually get the same story about not having enough time, or not having enough money.
Both in my opinion, are BS.
When do you think there will ever be enough time? The answer is there won’t be until YOU make time. And the reality is that when you really think about it, in the big scheme of things, we are not on this spinning blue planet for that long.
When it comes to money, you don’t need gobs of it to start your side hustle if that’s what you want to do. And, if you do need some start-up capital you will find a way. You see, when you understand and figure out the WHY, the HOW will come. Focus on what you want. Whether its that promotion or self-improvement. It all starts with you.
Harness your fear. First responders have no fear of running into a dangerous situation, but often have a fear of stepping into the unknown and working on themselves. I still don’t understand the reasoning behind that. While being humble is an admirable trait, you need to start looking out more for yourself.
Think your organization is going to look after your best interests? Maybe some, but I would be the vast majority don’t. There is a bigger picture at stake my friend and remember that everyone in an organization is expendable.
Back to you. Remember that you need to be very stubborn about your goals and dreams. Welcome to the YouEconomy.
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