In recent months I’ve heard from a handful of business managers that some of their employees are refusing to go back to work due to COVID.
While there may be some legit cases, most are excuses.
Because for some, furlough is a breeze – doing nothing and getting paid for it is a dream come true!
And this makes me sad.
Because this means they have not been following their passions, not living by their values, and strongly suggests that they are unsure of their purpose.
What kind of life is that?
I can tell you, first hand, it sucks!
I get it – there are bills to pay, maybe mouths to feed, and the self-belief for you to try anything else is at rock bottom; mainly because the general belief is that life is hard and the “struggle is real” right?
It’s perceived and actually IS that way for many because so many people believe it is.
These people are our friends and our family members, our colleagues, and our teachers…
We are all very busy – too busy in fact to make our own minds up – and so it’s quicker to take others’ words on how things COULD go for us. And so if we have an ounce of fear of something outside of our current reality (comfort zone) then we will look for sources to support that.
I know this because I do it! It’s what we all do!
The result? We find those answers to support our fear and we don’t try for fear of looking a fool, losing money, losing relationships… and basically losing everything that we’ve got which was such a struggle to get in the first place! (Isn’t the mind spinning out on possibilities a spectacular thing?!)
But so long as we stay in our struggle mindsets – or victim mode as I like to call it – then life will always be a struggle.
Because hearsay will keep you not bothering to dig deep to find your purpose, not trying to pursue your true passions, and certainly not believing you’re capable of anything other than what you’re currently doing.
I said to myself (and on interviews) back around April/May time that the saddest thing of all would be if none of us changed during this pandemic; if we all just picked up where we left off.
And I found myself in the car on the hour drive home from work this morning wondering if those people that refused to go back to their jobs would eventually go back?
Would they continue doing a job they clearly hate and allow that to infiltrate into all areas?
Would they allow resentment to build?
Self-belief to diminish further?
And take the path of least resistance which will actually be the cause of ALL the resistance in their life?
Have you been using COVID as an excuse not to do certain things?
An excuse not to see certain people?
An excuse not to go to specific places?
An excuse not to pursue certain things?
And if so, what does that indicate to you?
(Hint – it’s in the above: passion, purpose, values… oh, and hearsay!)
If any of this resonates with you and you want to chat about this over a (virtual) cuppa then please book yourself in by clicking here as I’d love to talk about this with you, no strings attached, human to human, friend to friend.