As we hear the news every day about Coronavirus, our emotions are triggered. Everything from fear and anxiety to uncertainty rattles through our brains, but what is true?
While we cannot control others spreading the virus, and certainly can’t control the media’s daily promotion of disaster,
we can control how we choose to respond.
There is no question this is a real concern, and disregarding it could be disastrous. Loss of life is tragic, but when we compare the loss of life to the flu each year (which I would venture to say few of us really consider), it is barely a fraction of that amount.
Have you noticed the reaction of global stock markets? The drop in stock prices is huge! What is driving that -truth or uncertainty? Fears of recession, anxiety in travel stocks, and uncertainty about the global economy encourage us to think and feel without considering the entire picture.
I admit, I have struggled with some of these emotions. So how do we find truth, perspective, and a healthy mindset in the midst of a global health concern. Whether it’s Coronavirus, SARS, Ebola, or something more personal, the fear of the unknown is a strong emotional trigger, and getting information from reliable sources in order to adapt to the proverbial curveball is essential to success.
Working in the area of organizational health and vitality, I see many of the same emotional triggers at play in the workplace. The unknown creates a variety of emotions. Think of the last change effort your organization attempted. Was it successful? Research and polls say probably not. Statistically, 70% of change efforts fail. Why so high a failure rate? Resistance, right? But what’s behind that resistance? More often than not, it’s emotional triggers linked to change. A mindset focused on what might go wrong instead of what might go right can make all the difference.
So, how do we keep a healthy mindset in a time of concern.